Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Music
Students who transfer credits from another institution may apply many credits to their degree program if they choose the Interdisciplinary major, which allows many elective credits. Students who have strong interests in two subject areas and would like to combine these interests in their course of study will find the Interdisciplinary degrees to be a strong option for them. Music has partnered with several attractive degree programs to give incoming students an opportunity to study within two programs which they feel will meet their particular needs and desires. It is not a double major; upon completion of the Interdisciplinary Degree, students receive a Bachelor’s Degree in General Education.
The Interdisciplinary Degree programs which include Music feature:
- Solid courses in two chosen concentrations
- Generous elective components
- Comprehensive music learning, but not as much as that of a straight Music Degree program
- A platform from which to continue in music and related fields
During the Freshman year, students take Core academic courses, Applied Lessons, either instrumental or voice, Piano class as needed, Theory lessons at the appropriate entering level, and an ensemble. Since the first year is virtually identical in all majors, they may proceed as Interdisciplinary students, following the appropriate concentration programs found in the Nyack College catalogue.
Every student studying Music as a concentration or stand-alone course will find:
- Excellent learning opportunities in music theory, history, and performance
- Comprehensive Liberal Arts education in all fields, as invaluable career preparation
- Spiritual development throughout both Music and Bible core courses
- Course options including international study and service learning
Students graduating with an Interdisciplinary degree will be able to pursue their career in music or related fields, some requiring further specialization. Depending upon their area of concentration, graduates may:
- Teach private music lessons
- Work in churches as pastoral assistants, soloists, or instrumentalists (Pastoral Min.)
- Work in studios or artists’ venues in a variety of careers, including management
- Work as teacher’s aids, and, with further study, as music educators.
The Interdisciplinary Degree in Music has launched its graduates into successful and fulfilling careers as
- Studio musicians (earning more because of degree training, ability to sight read)
- Church musicians, worship leaders, music pastors
- Jazz performers and recording artists
- Teacher’s aids
Lars Frandsen, Elizabeth Swanson, Dana Talley, Sue Talley (the Talleys teach an Art course in Venice and Siena, Italy)