Higher Studies in music

Baldwin Wallace

Bold opportunities leading to artistic excellence and innovation are at the center of Baldwin Wallace University’s nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music. A vibrant arts community and facility, our All-Steinway Conservatory is a top-ranking program of 13 undergraduate majors that provides students with extraordinary opportunities to perform, compose, conduct, teach and excel in their studies and preparation for becoming citizen artists.


Bachelor of Music (BM) – Performance 
Music Performance KeyboardBaldwin Wallace’s keyboard performance major includes studies in piano, organ and harpsichord. It is a rigorous program that combines comprehensive coursework with private lessons and extensive performance experiences.
Music Performance: StringsBaldwin Wallace’s string performance major is a rigorous and rewarding program that helps you develop strong technical, artistic, entrepreneurial and analytical skills.
Music Performance: VoiceBW’s undergraduate-only Conservatory provides voice majors with exceptional performance opportunities. BW operas are cast entirely with undergraduate students, from lead roles to the chorus. 
Music Performance: Woodwinds, Brass, PercussionBaldwin Wallace’s woodwind, brass or percussion major is a rigorous program that combines comprehensive coursework with private lessons and extensive performance experiences.
Music TheatreFrom lead roles on Broadway and London’s West End to prime time television, film and more, Baldwin Wallace music theatre alumni have garnered top acclaim for more than 20 years.As a result, Baldwin Wallace’s program has earned accolades from leading agents, casting directors, critics and other industry professionals.
Bachelor of Music (BM) 
Music CompositionBaldwin Wallace composition major is a comprehensive, rigorous program that melds theoretical study with practical application. It provides outstanding preparation for graduate school.
Music History & LiteratureThe comprehensive program explores the evolution of musical styles through rigorous studies of masterworks, major composers, historic developments and societal influences.
Music Theatre DirectionGain the skills to transform music into an artistic vision that captivates an audience. Baldwin Wallace’s Bachelor of Music in music theatre direction is a highly selective program within the Conservatory of Music that integrates keyboard and music instruction with extensive music theatre opportunities to prepare you for a career in the performing arts.
Music TheoryBaldwin Wallace offers a rigorous, theoretical and practical study in music theory. It provides outstanding preparation for graduate school.
Music TherapyMusic therapists are health professionals who utilize music within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.
Bachelor of Music Education (BME) 
Music EducationBW’s music education program helps you acquire the knowledge, skills, technical competencies and professional perspectives to prepare for an ever-changing education environment.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) 
Arts Management & EntrepreneurshipBW’s strategically designed program gives you the skills needed to become an artistic leader of tomorrow. With dual-benefit emphasis in business and the arts, the program gives you a fundamental and comprehensive palette of creative, analytical and entrepreneurial skills you can apply to not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.
Music IndustryThe comprehensive program prepares you to excel in a career spanning music streaming, artist management, concert venue management, music production and promotion.
Music Therapy Equivalency CertificationBaldwin Wallace offers the option of an equivalency program in music therapy to individuals already possessing a music degree (at least at the bachelor’s level) from a regionally accredited, recognized institution.In this non-degree program, a student completes all music therapy core courses as well as non-music courses required by the American Music Therapy Association.

Required classes include music theory, music history and literature, large group ensemble and applied instrument lessons. Most students have completed the majority of these requirements as part of coursework taken for previous music degrees.

Also required are classes in psychology, sociology, biology and education. Coursework from a student’s undergraduate degree is reviewed for equivalency and credit is applied accordingly.

The music therapy core courses total 20 credits. Classes are offered Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. Coursework can be completed part time in two years.

After completion of all required coursework and a six-month, full-time internship, a student is eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.