Five-year B.A. and B.Mus. double-degree program
Lawrence offers a combined B.A./B.Mus. degree program, an innovative course of study that allows you to immerse yourself in music and at least one other field of study at a very high level. In this rigorous five year program, about half your coursework will be in music, with the other half in general education courses and a second major. The combination of a nationally ranked liberal arts college with a leading conservatory of music makes Lawrence's double-degree program a unique opportunity to pursue both musical and non-musical interests at a very high level in a collaborative environment. Each incoming double degree student meets with two advisors (one from the Conservatory and one from the College). Student and advisors work collaboratively in order to help plan a successful course of study. Our double-degree program is so successful because all of our professors see such great value in the dual course of study. If you choose the double degree program, you won't be alone. About half of every entering Conservatory class are double degree students.
Bachelor of Arts with a major in music
Pursuing a B.A. degree with a major in music allows you to receive advanced musical training while also extensively exploring non-musical interests. Roughly one third of your academic experience will be devoted to lessons, classes such as music theory and history, and ensembles. Another third of your program will be devoted to general education classes. The final third will be devoted to elective coursework of specific interest to you. You may even choose to pick up a second major or a minor. The B.A. degree with a major in music shows that you have completed your musical studies and training in the context of a liberal arts education and have acquired a broad set of skills and knowledge.
Bachelor of Music Degree
The B.Mus. degree allows you to focus primarily on music in a professional degree program that is founded upon principles of liberal education. You can major in performance, music education or theory/composition. About two thirds of your classes will be in music, including lessons, classes such as music theory and history, and ensembles, while non-music classes will comprise the remaining third of your studies. As a result, you will receive a well-rounded education along with musical instruction of the highest quality, preparing you well for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century.