Trinity offers two degree programs in the department of music, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music. The Bachelor of Music offers three majors, including a five-year program in teacher certification leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching. Additionally, the department offers a music minor.
The major in music offers a broad and comprehensive course of study in the liberal arts. Courses include theory and comprehensive musicianship, music history and literature, individual applied instruction, ensemble, conducting, and performance laboratory.
The major in performance includes courses in theory and comprehensive musicianship, music history and literature, applied music, and ensembles plus specialized courses in performance studies, literature and pedagogy. Students have many opportunities to perform in recitals and concerts, including such areas as organ, piano, and vocal performance.
The major in composition includes courses in theory and comprehensive musicianship, forms and analysis, counterpoint, orchestration, electronic music, and private study in composition. The degree prepares students for either advanced graduate study or professional work.
For the B.M. with a pre-certification, students may focus their work in elementary general music education, choral music education, or instrumental music. Upon completing the Bachelor of Music, students begin a summer graduate program, followed by an eight-month student-teaching internship with accompanying course work. After completing the innovative program, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and All-Level Teacher Certification in Music Education.
The minor in music, designed for the student who wishes to continue an emphasis in music to complement a major in another area, requires a minimum of 26 hours.