Dual Degree Option

Dual Degree Option

Dual Degree Program - Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science

Find out what it takes to Graduate in 4.5 Years!

Millersville University's division of Music Education offers one of the nation's most comprehensive and integrated courses of study.  Every student in the degree program participates in the "Creative Campus" initiative as performers, educators, and entrepreneurs, and in real-world teaching projects prior to student teaching.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program provides a broad comprehension of the integral role of music in society. To prepare students for graduate study and/or a career in the arts, a working knowledge of American music and Western art music is developed, including history, literature and sources in art and vernacular traditions. Research into areas of specific interest is encouraged beyond the classroom and students are challenged to make music through analysis, composition, improvisation and performance.

The Dual Degree Option can be completed in 4.5 years of study within the Department of Music at Millersville University.  Please consult with Dr. Micheal Houlahan (department chair) regarding the course of study.


  • We offer an education centered on the Kodály Concept of Music, which has been proven to be an effective means for developing musicianship skills. Two of the leading international experts on this system are on our faculty. 
  • Textbooks written by our faculty are in use at Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, New York University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Ithaca, as well as throughout Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and are currently beingtranslated into Chinese
  • Students have a unique opportunity to obtain additional knowledge from the encouraged Entrepreneurial Minor that will allow them to bring an entrepreneurial perspective to the field of Music Education.
  • Students learn how to identify and apply related concepts in the curriculum, including historical, theoretical, pedagogical and practical.
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills and a competency in working with musical technology.
  • Knowledge of music history with both written and oral communication is fostered and students are expected to attain a high level of performance on their major instruments.


  • Our buildings feature practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, a cutting-edge recording studio (one of the top in the country), the largest state-of-the-art electronic piano lab in the United States, offices, studios, and music libraries. 
  • With the arrival of new technology, students are able to interact and learn in real-time across any geographical distance, on our DCFX Disklavier. This instrument is providing a unique opportunity for interaction with international piano performances.
  • Individualized instruction combines performance with research, which prepares students for graduate school.
  • Performing groups include orchestra, string ensemble, several choirs, wind ensemble, concert band, marching band, jazz bands, a variety of chamber ensembles, as well as the opportunity to perform with the OperaLancaster and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.


  • Our students have opportunities to teach at Summer Music Camp, in Preparatory Division, tutor college students in their music courses and give group piano lessons during the Lancaster International Piano Festival. 
  • We offer a unique partnership with Music for Everyone, which provides students with scholarships and first-hand teaching experiences with children in the Lancaster City schools. 
  • Students attend and participate in the Lancaster International Piano Festival and Assai Performance Institute International String Festival—a unique opportunity to study with renowned teachers and scholars and meet students from all over the world.
  • Students receive an opportunity to collaborate with each other through peer mentorship, small ensembles, and small class sizes.


Graduates from our Music Education program pursue careers working as:

  • elementary, middle, and high school teachers
  • college professors 
  • independent studio teachers
  • school principals 
  • fine arts coordinators in school districts
  • coordinators of community engagement

Graduates from our Music Performance program pursue careers in:  

  • music performance
  • music theatre
  • independent studio teachers
  • arts management
  • music recording

Graduates of our Music Performance program have also continued their studies at:

  • Eastman School of Music
  • Penn State University 
  • Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • University of Maryland

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