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Bachelor of Music (B.M., B.Mus., Mus.B. or Mus. Bac.) is an academic degree awarded by a college, university, or conservatory upon completion of program of study in music. In the United Statesmarker, it is a professional degree; the majority of work consists of prescribed music courses and study in applied music, usually requiring a proficiency performing an instrument. Such a program lasts three to four and a half years.

The degree of Bachelor of Music may be awarded for music performance, music education, composition, music theory, musicology / music history, music technology, music therapy, music business, music entertainment, music production or jazz studies. Recently, some universities have begun offering degrees in Music Composition with Technology, which encompasses traditional theory and musicology coursework, but also adds the element of engineering in a studio, and becoming proficient at full-scale studio production.

The earliest firmly-authenticated Bachelor of Music degree was awarded to Henry Abyngdon at the University of Cambridgemarker in 1464.

In the United Kingdommarker, the degree of Bachelor of Music — often referred to in speech as a B.Mus. ( ) — is generally a first degree lasting three years (or four years in Scotland) and consisting of a wide range of areas of study (normally including music performance, composition, music theory, musicology / music history), but at the University of Oxfordmarker and the University of Cambridge it is a one-year postgraduate degree which can only be read if you are a graduate in music with honours at those universities; the undergraduate course is in the Faculty of Arts and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (and subsequently to the degree of Master of Arts).

See also


  1. Music at Cambridge — a brief history
  2. Regulations for the degrees of Bachelor and Doctor of Music
  3. Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.)

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