About this Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Music allows students to specialize in music within a broad liberal arts degree program. Students may select 18 credit hours of upper-level music courses or may choose an emphasis in either music history, music theory or jazz areas. Students planning on graduate study in music theory, history, or jazz should consider this program.

Program Highlights

  • Ability to choose one of four emphases: general music, music history, music theory, or jazz.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Modes


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Music Directors

$61,490 Median Salary

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Program Directors

$90,770 Median Salary

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.


$90,770 Median Salary

Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

Music Composers and Arrangers

$61,490 Median Salary

Write and transcribe musical scores.


What are the requirements to apply for Music at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Music should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Foreign Language Requirement 

    • Proficiency in French or German through the 202 level preferred; proficiency is not met by completion of an associate degree. 


  • Recital Attendance Credit and Ushering Service

    • MUSC 311+ Recital Attendance, is required of all music majors and music minors for six (6) semesters of their enrollment as a music major or a music minor. The successful completion of the course requires attendance at a specified number of approved recitals, concerts, and events each semester.  
    • Also, students must usher for six (6) performances and/or events prior to graduation. 
  • To schedule an admission audition visit the following page: https://app.getacceptd.com/odmusic 

For Admission to the Music Program



TOEFL score

paper based: 550, internet based 79

IELTS score



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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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