The department offers two degrees in music.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Music is the traditional degree oriented to liberal arts. Students who complete this degree may pursue graduate study or professional employment in or out of music in a variety of career fields. This degree requires a minor and is normally completed in four years.
The Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree is a professional degree designed for prospective music teachers. Students who desire to become band and orchestra directors major in Instrumental; those who plan to become choral directors and general music teachers major in Vocal. Completion of this degree provides training for students to pursue professional teacher licensure. This degree can be completed in four years.
For complete course requirements and descriptions, see the College of Arts and Humanities section of the Harding course catalog.
Harding is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Students in music education who successfully complete the Teacher Education Program offered through Harding's Cannon-Clary College of Education will be recommended for initial Arkansas Licensure through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, with accreditation approval of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Music faculty hold membership and offices in numerous professional music organizations, including National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association for Music Educators(NAfME), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Arkansas Jazz Educators (ARJE).