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Belmont University (School of Music)

  • Nashville, TN
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 5,506
    total students
  • $26,100 | $26,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 1
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 580
    sat math
  • 590
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 27
    act composite

Overview

In the heart of Nashville, Tennessee

Located in Nashville, just a few steps from Music Row, Belmont University is one of the largest private universities in Tennessee. It is dedicated to providing an academically challenging education that enables men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. Belmont is large enough to provide a wide array of programs, yet small enough that every individual counts. Our vision is to be a premier teaching university bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.

The School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, which includes programs in Art, and Theatre and Dance. The School of Music is a stimulating artistic community that fosters the study, performance and creation of music in a context of excellence and respect for diversity in musical styles. The School of Music has 550 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. Our students come from thirty-five states and various countries.

Belmont offers a variety of Music Majors and Graduate programs

Music students at Belmont receive excellent training which builds on their existing skills and talents and provides them with opportunities to further explore and expand their musical interest and abilities. The School of Music has a tradition of a strong choral program, but is also home to one of the first commercial music programs in the country. A growing instrumental program continues to add to the school's musical diversity. In all areas of musical study, the individual artist is the focal point of instruction. Integrated understanding is emphasized through numerous opportunities that put classroom learning into application in performing ensembles.

Faculty members are graduates of some of the most prestigious institutions and hold honors such as Composer of the Year awards, listings in Who's Who in Music, Outstanding Educator of America, Grammy Award nominations, professional released recordings, and Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist.

The School of Music is unique in that its wide range of majors offers the students opportunity to prepare in the traditional classical fields of music as well as in the world of popular music.

The classical majors (Church Music, Composition, Musical Theatre (B.M. and B.F.A), Music Education, Music Theory, Music with an Outside Minor, Performance and Piano Pedagogy) prepare students for careers as performers, church musicians, school music teachers, private studio teachers, college instructors and any area of work involving creativity, people skills and organization.

The School of Music offers a non-classical major in Commercial Music. Commercial Music majors select an emphasis in Composition and Arranging, Music Business, Music Technology, Songwriting or Performance to prepare for careers as performing artists in various styles in the world of popular music. This major also prepares students for careers as composers, arrangers, and studio musicians, as wells as for work in music technology and other fields in the industry which require musical skills.

The Belmont University Master of Music Degree includes six majors: Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy, and Performance. Each of the strong musical and academic curricula consists of 33 total hours of study. Graduate students in each major are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations as well as a culminating project. Culminating Project track options vary according to the major and include: (a) lecture recital track (includes a research project), (b) full recital track (includes a recital paper), (c) thesis/project track.

Student Performances

Students are offered a variety of performance opportunities with ensembles and in major performances. Ensembles include choirs, orchestras, popular music groups, instrumentalist ensemblesand vocalist ensembles. Each ensemble presents a concert at least once per semester.

Christmas at Belmont is a popular holiday concert which features a variety of student ensembles and groups that highlight the musical diversity of the program. Every other year, this concert is filmed in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center for broadcast nationwide on PBS. In non-taping years, this concert is on campus with three sold out performances. The April President's Concert, similar in scope to Christmas at Belmont, offers another major performance opportunity in front of a large audience of students.

Each fall, the School of Music hosts the Fall Choral Institute which offers student vocalists and instrumentalists the opportunity to work with a guest conductor for the performance of a major choral work.

During the spring semester, the Commercial Music Showcase and the Classical Performers concert, feature some of the best vocalist and instrumentalists in the School Music. Students audition in front of music professionals to be selected for these prestigious performances.

Students also have the opportunity to tour or perform with area Arts organizations including Nashville Opera, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Nashville Ballet. Over Spring Break, a limited number of ensembles tour regions of the United Sates to perform in a variety of settings. Chorale, one of the school's premiere vocal ensembles has previously toured in England and China. In spring 2009, the Oratorio Chorus, performed Carmina Burana with the Nashville Ballet.

Belmont Camerata Musicale and the Faculty Concert series provide students the opportunity to learn from Belmont faculty in a performance setting. The Encore (Classical) and Curtain Call (commercial) Awards offer students the opportunity to see successful School of Music alumni perform on campus.


Location & Contact

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
USA

Mr.David Mee

Associate Provost and Dean of Enrollment

Phone: 615-460-5479
Fax: 615-460-5434
Email: david.mee@belmont.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Recording Arts Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Programming
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Systems Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Biblical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Divinity/Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theology and Religious Vocations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Directing and Theatrical Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,111
    • Accepted4,082
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled5,506
    • Female Applicants3,407
    • Females Accepted2,754
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants1,704
    • Males Accepted1,328
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
      resume of activities
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.55
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 590 540 640
    • SAT Math 580 530 630
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27 24 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,280.00
    • Room and board *$10,000.00
    • Room only *$5,650.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,506
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.25%
    • Black or African American4.09%
    • White or Caucasian81.86%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.24%
    • Asian1.6%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races3.23%
    • Unknown3.74%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.96% representing 21 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students63% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 50%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Service Corp, Alpha Sigma Tau, Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Tau, MOB
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other bicycle patrol

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty735
    • Full-time Percentage45%
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 5,247 students to 418 faculty


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