The Department of Music offers two degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree with a major in music.

The bachelor of science in education degree (B.S.Ed.) in music education has been given accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Completion of the degree requirements leads to certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the recipient to teach all music: kindergarten through high school, vocal and instrumental.

The unique and internationally recognized cadet teaching program sets this curriculum apart. From the first year, music education students gain experience in the classroom through observation, team teaching, mini-teaching and, finally, student teaching.

A second degree program in music is in liberal arts (B.A.) in music and (B.A.) with music industry studies emphasis.

The B.A. in music consists of a liberal arts curriculum designed to provide students with a broad coverage of courses in music. The emphasis on music literature develops basic musicianship and the ability to perform the literature, as well as providing a fuller intellectual grasp of the art.

The B.A. with emphasis in music industry studies is a program designed for students who want to prepare for careers in the music industry including music retailing, publishing, entertainment and arts promotion. The curriculum consists of courses in music and business as well as specialized courses dealing with the music industry. An intern program provides the student with field experiences prior to graduation.

The department is cognizant of the desires of many students from all segments of the University to participate in music. Accordingly, both beginning and advanced courses are available to students enrolled in any curriculum. The music department also provides opportunity for student performance and participation in a variety of vocal and instrumental organizations. Some of these organizations are: University Choir, University-Community Orchestra, Symphonic Band, the Marauder Marching Unit, and Mixed Chorus, as well as Chamber (String) Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and various other ensembles. A description of these organizations is included in the student handbook.

The music department offers a music minor. The music minor requires a minimum of 23 credits with at least 6 credits at the upper-division level (300-400).