Music - A.B.

General Information

Degree & Major: Music - A.B.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Music
Martha Thomas
Associate Director for Academic Programs
(706) 542-3737
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music is designed to allow students to study music without the focus of a particular professional major (e.g., Performance, Theory, Music Education). The program is structured to provide a strong emphasis in applied music, theory, and music literature with a broad block of individually determined music credit hours. Due to this flexibility in the degree plan, an A.B. in Music is an excellent candidate for students wanting to pursue a double major or dual degree from UGA. Additionally, admitted students have multiple performance opportunities, including solo recitals and participation in both large and small ensembles. A matriculation plan is available at

Career Opportunities: Students holding a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music are prepared to enter a variety of fields. The degree provides a foundation for such professional pursuits as studio teaching, music business, arts administration, performance, and church music. Students are also prepared for graduate study in music or other disciplines that accept a general liberal arts degree for entry. Students holding this degree have successfully pursued graduate study in the fields of law, medicine, business, computer science, and others.
of Transfer Students:
Attention Transfer and Incoming Freshmen Music Students:
Admission to the Hodgson School of Music is gained by a successful vocal or instrumental audition. This requirement applies to first-year students as well as transfer students. Auditions are evaluated by faculty members in the appropriate area of applied music. Prospective students are expected to prepare representative works from the classical repertoire. Auditions are scheduled through the Hodgson School of Music. Forms and specific requirements may be found at For diagnostic purposes, transfer students with college credit in music theory are required to take an examination in theory immediately prior to the semester of entrance. For date and location, call (706) 542-3737. Please note: AP credit for Music Theory is not accepted for music majors.
Special Requirements: For successful completion of the degree, the following is required: 1) a grade of C or better in all major courses; 2) successful completion of a keyboard proficiency test; 3) participation each semester in a large ensemble appropriate to the major performance medium (e.g., string students participate in orchestra, voice students participate in a choral group); and 4) attendance each semester at the required number of recitals stipulated by the Hodgson School of Music.
Additional Fees: Music majors are required to pay fees for logistical services associated with required concert attendance, recitals, recording sessions, musical accompaniment, and optional locker rental. More information is available at the UGA Marketplace:

Scholarships: Financial aid is available through scholarships sponsored by both the Hodgson School of Music and the University Bands. Scholarships are awarded based on audition and are renewed each year for a period of four years, providing the student meets the requirements of the Scholarship Contract.
Student Organizations: There are many organizations and clubs open to students within the Hodgson School of Music, including Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda (Beta Tau Chapter), Music Therapy Club, Collegiate National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association, Music Teacher National Association, Music Therapy Student Association, UGA Student Composers Association, and UGA American Choral Directors Association. Some of these organizations offer scholarships by audition each year.
Available Graduate Programs: The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed to prepare the student to begin professional work or to pursue graduate study at the University of Georgia or other prestigious institutions. The Hugh Hodgson School of Music offers six graduate degrees ranging from a Master of Arts in Musicology to a Doctor of Philosophy in Music with elective areas of research. More information about these graduate degrees and certification programs at the Hodgson School of Music is available at