Five-Year Programs

Five-Year Bachelor of Music/Master of Education Program

The integrated studies/teacher education program combines Blair's strengths with those of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Based on the integrated studies major, the program provides for teacher licensure in instrumental or vocal/general music.

Students who meet all requirements will earn the B.Mus. degree in four years and the M.Ed. from Peabody College in an additional calendar year, June through May. Application to Peabody College for the M.Ed. program is made during the student's senior year at Blair.

The curriculum includes a strong emphasis on music performance; a solid foundation in music literature, theory and the liberal arts; undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and education; and three practica. Student teaching includes at least 15 weeks of field placements. Students also gain experience leading youth ensembles through the Blair Academy program.

3+2 Bachelor of Musical Arts/MBA Blair-to-Owen Program

The five-year joint program between the Blair School of Music and the Owen Graduate School of Management allows a small cohort of particularly motivated musical arts degree students to overlap their undergraduate coursework with work toward the MBA.

By combining three-and-a-half years at Blair with one-and-a-half years of study in the Owen School, students may obtain both the B.Mus.Arts degree and the MBA in five years (10 semesters). The baccalaureate from the Blair School is awarded at the end of the fourth year, and the MBA is awarded from the Owen School after the fifth year.

Students must apply to the Owen School for admission to the five-year program during their junior year. Acceptance into the five-year program is extremely competitive and requires advanced standing earned in undergraduate courses. Lacking full-time work experience, students must enhance their portfolios with outstanding academic performance and show a strong commitment to rigorous business education.

Students who want to combine business coursework with their professional music degree program may also be interested in Vanderbilt's undergraduate business minor, or a number of other business-type programs offered at Vanderbilt.