The Bachelor of Music degree in Music History is intended for students who are interested in the academic study of music and who wish to prepare themselves for graduate work. Qualified students may pursue a double major in music history and music education, composition or performance. The degree combines a general view of music history, including jazz, popular music and world music, with more detailed study of cultures, styles and genres. Music history students can also participate in the departmental ensembles, collectively known as the Collegium Musicum (Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble).
The Bachelor of Music in World Music is a new degree that combines world music and Western art music, and provides training in the fundamentals of research and performance in the fields of ethnomusicology and musicology. Students enroll in performance courses such as Balinese gamelan and Afro-Caribbean ensemble, and may take other music history and jazz courses, popular culture and anthropology courses. Students may also participate in music workshops to Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. The world music degree offers a broad education in musics of the world and prepares students for graduate and/or professional study.
This major offers students specialized study of two major music systems—African and Balinese—through both performance studies with the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble and Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan and study abroad opportunities in Bali and Ghana. The Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan Ensemble is the only Balinese gamelan in the Midwest, and the only active gamelan of any kind in Ohio.
The World Music degree provides a viable alternative for a number of students who want a broad education in music of the world-inclusive of non-Western music styles (art, folk, traditional and popular), American music and jazz, and Western art music.