About the Music Department

General Degree Requirements

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Applied Lessons

Lessons in applied music (principal performing medium) must be taken each semester of residence according to the major field specifications. Composition lessons are not a substitute for lessons in a principal performing medium. Applied Lessons in Composition are available only at the secondary level.  All music students enrolled in applied lessons are charged an Applied Lesson fee each semester. 

  • One credit secondary lessons (30 minutes per week) = $50 per semester
  • One credit concentration lessons (1 hour per week) = $50 per semester
  • Two credit concentration lessons (1 hour per week) = $100 per semester
  • Three credit major lessons (1 hour per week) = $150 per semester

Major Ensembles

All music students are required to participate for credit in a minimum of one major ensemble each semester of residence whether of full-time or part-time status. Exceptions may be granted through petition to and approval of the full-time music faculty. All students will be assigned to a major ensemble upon entrance, but are encouraged to participate in other major ensembles. Major ensembles are defined as follows:

  1. Augusta University Wind Ensemble (all woodwinds, brass, and percussion)
  2. Augusta University Orchestra (all string instruments)
  3. Augusta University Choir (all voice types).

Students who choose piano or guitar as their principal performing medium will be assigned to one of the three depending upon their experiences in secondary performing areas.

Recital Laboratory and Studio Class

Music majors and minor are required to be enrolled in and achieve a passing grade in Recital Laboratory (MUSI 1500) and Studio Class (MUSA 2X05) according to the major or minor field specifications. For further information, consult the Augusta University Music Student Handbook.


All music majors are required to have an advisor on the full-time music faculty. Self-advising for a degree in music is not allowed. The student must obtain their advisor's signature on all registration forms and Add/Drop forms.

Exit Exams

All music majors are required to take the Music Major Exit Exam, which is given during the final semester of study.