Harding University to offer two new music degrees

Harding University will begin offering two new degrees in the department of music beginning fall 2016. A Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance will be added to the department’s degree program offerings.

“This is a professional degree including advanced training in performance along with study in repertoire and pedagogy,” said Dr. Cliff Ganus, music department chair.

The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and received the go-ahead for the degrees at the end of 2015. According to Ganus, the two degrees were previously offered about 25 years ago but were pulled from the catalog because they were undersubscribed, but increased interest prompted the department to pursue them again.

“We’ve been planning, designing and submitting these programs for approval for about two years,” Ganus said. “They give us the opportunity to better serve students who wish to perform, pursue advanced graduate work or studies in performance, or become studio teachers.”

According to Ganus, classes in world music and music technology have also been added as requirements for all music majors, strengthening the department’s programs across the board.

For more information, please contact the department of music at music@harding.edu or 501-279-4343.