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Performance-Based Pedagogy.

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

What is Music?

Study and perform in voice, keyboard, conducting, or general (comprehensive) music streams. Students will be able to explore career pathways in performance, music education, music therapy, arts administration, musicology and more.

Program Information

Music is available as a:

  • Performance-Based Pedagogy Major in the Bachelor of Music degree program
    • Streams: Comprehensive, Conducting, Keyboard or Voice
  • Subject Specialization in the Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies: Creativity & Culture Major
  • Minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Management degree programs

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Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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Augustana music graduates will be sent out into the world with careers already started. An undergraduate degree from Augustana provides broad possibilities for exploration of career pathways such as:

  • Conductor
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Studio Instructor
  • and many more!

Music AlumnUS

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Nicholas Howells
Composer and Music Teacher

Nick’s experience at Augustana was dominated by both daunting challenges and rewarding relationships, allowing him to compose a piece of music just after graduation that led to an international debut.

Course Highlights

225 - Classical Era to Present Day

Study of western European art music from the mid-18th century to the 20th century, in the context of general cultural history.


235 - Conducting

Fundamental conducting techniques as applied to instrumental and vocal music.


250 - Music Education

A foundational course in the theory and practice of teaching music from pre-K to 6. Special emphasis on classroom observation and practical experience with the use of age-appropriate techniques, strategies and materials.


356 - Music and Wellness

A survey course designed to explore the range of benefits that music can offer to the community as related to health and wellness.


369 - Popular Music

Critical examination of popular music, with a focus on analytical paradigms and methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to interpretation.


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Portrait of John Wiebe

John Wiebe, D.Mus.

Hired in 2012, John is Director of Choral Activities and conducts The Augustana Choir, Mannskor and Sangkor.

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Portrait of Roger Admiral

Roger Admiral, D.Mus.

Hired in 2005, Roger instructs in Applied Piano, Chamber Music and Music Theory.

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Portrait of Charlene Brown

Charlene Brown

Charlene was hired in 1996 and teaches Voice, Co-op Studies, Chamber Music and Music with Children.

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Portrait of Alex Carpenter, PhD

Alex Carpenter, PhD

Alex was hired in 2006 and instructs in Musicology, Music Criticism, and Popular Music.

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Portrait of Ardelle Ries

Ardelle Ries, D.Mus

Hired in 2004, Ardelle teaches music theory, conducting, choral literature and pedagogy, and aural and sight-singing skills.

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