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 Degree and Diploma Programs

General. The Conservatory offers the following degree and diploma programs of undergraduate and graduate study. (For information on specific majors see below under Major Study.)

Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus)
Most Conservatory undergraduates pursue a four-year degree program with one or more majors leading to the BMus degree.

Majors are offered in
1) Performance: piano, organ, voice, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp), woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba), percussion, early instruments (harpsichord, recorder, Baroque flute, Baroque oboe, Baroque violin, Baroque cello/viola da gamba).
2) Music Education.
3) Composition.
4) Music History.
5) Technology in Music and Related Arts.
6) Jazz Studies (in Composition or Performance).
7) Individual Major.
8) Music Theory (as part of a double major).
9) Double major in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying.

Performance Diploma
This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is designed for the very small number of gifted performers who have not yet completed the BMus or its equivalent and who are seeking a very narrowly focused program of study leading to a performance-oriented career. Performance Diploma students may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Music program before the end of the first year of the program. Students seeking admission to the BMus degree must demonstrate skills necessary to complete both the performance and academic course work required for the BMus.

Students who have completed requirements for both the BMus degree and the Performance Diploma will receive only the BMus degree.

Master of Music Education (MME)
The MME degree program is available only as part of a five-year program integrated with undergraduate study at Oberlin.

Majors in
1) Music Education, instrumental emphasis, integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education
2) Music Education, vocal emphasis, integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education.

Master of Music in Teaching (MMT)
The MMT degree program is available only as part of a five-year program integrated with undergraduate study at Oberlin. Major in Music Education, integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Performance or Composition.

Master of Music (MM)
MM degree programs in Conducting and Opera Theater are available only as part of five-year programs integrated with undergraduate study at Oberlin.

Majors in
1) Conducting, integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Performance, Composition, Music Education, or Music History.
2) Opera Theater, integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice Performance.

Master of Music (MM) in Performance on Historical Instruments
This program is intended for a limited number of students who have acquired skills on historical instruments and who wish to pursue practical study in performance in combination with the study of performance practice and musicology. Concentrations are offered in harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, Baroque violin, Baroque flute, recorder, Baroque cello/viola da gamba, historical keyboard instruments (harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, combined), and historical oboes (Baroque, Classical, and other oboes). This program requires four semesters for completion, and is available to both Oberlin alumni and graduates of other music programs.

Artist Diploma
This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is intended for a limited number of exceptionally gifted performers who have completed the BMus or its equivalent, and who have acquired extensive musical background through institutional or private studies, or through unusual performing experiences, and who wish to concentrate on private applied study without additional course requirements. Oberlin Conservatory Bachelor of Music graduates are only allowed to apply to the Artist Diploma program with the recommendation of the department and approval of the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory. Students who enroll in and/or complete the Artist Diploma program may not transfer to the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The Individual Major
An Individual Major leading to a Bachelor of Music degree may be designed with a concentration in a single Conservatory department or among two or more Conservatory departments. In some cases Arts and Sciences courses may be an integral part of a student's major. Examples of possible concentrations include African American music, liturgical music, Suzuki violin pedagogy, fortepiano, arts management, etc.

Programs of study for an Individual Major must be based on teaching and course resources available at Oberlin, or at other schools transferable to Oberlin. Private reading courses may not be planned for key areas of the major, and only a small amount of course credit central to the major may be earned away from Oberlin. See the Conservatory Individual Major's Handbook (available from the Office of the Associate Dean) for guidelines and policy.

The Double-Degree Program
A five-year program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music degrees is offered. Students must be admitted to both divisions and complete a major in each. The program is described in the section of the catalog entitled "The Double-Degree Program."

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a major in Music in which students may choose one of four emphases: Music History and Theory, Performance, Composition or Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA). These majors meet the needs of students who wish to major in music at Oberlin without the professional orientation of Conservatory majors. The majors are described in the College of Arts and Sciences' Music section of this catalog.
    
   
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