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Fine Arts Center, Room 273 East
The mission of the Department of Music and Dance is to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth through academic excellence in the preparation of music performers, music scholars, and music teachers for service to the Commonwealth, the Northeast region, and the nation. The Department of Music & Dance presents over 100 concerts annually featuring faculty, advanced student ensembles and guest artists. These events, open to the public, include jazz, orchestral, wind, vocal and percussion music, and ballet, jazz and modern dance. The concert calendar is available here.
The Department is committed to:
• Providing the finest music education possible within a culture of innovation, creativity, and experimentation.
• Achieving national prominence in scholarly and creative activity.
• Catalyzing the quality of life in the community, the Commonwealth, and the region.
• Expanding and increasing collaborative efforts on the campus, among the Five Colleges, and with arts organizations in the Commonwealth, the region, and the nation.
The Department achieves this mission through the highest quality solo and ensemble performances, teaching, creative activities, and research activities. These activities, in particular the ensemble performances, are important aspects of the public's perception of university quality.
The Music major can lead to the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The B.Mus. is an intensive, professionally oriented degree, for students planning to pursue a career in music. The B.A. is designed as part of a liberal arts education experience rather than as preparation for a music career. The Minor in Music is also an option.
Students wishing to pursue a B.Mus. or B.A. degree, or the music minor, MUST AUDITION.
Undergraduate Program Advisor:
251 Fine Arts Center
The UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Music (M.M.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These programs offer optimal professional training for careers as music teachers, performers, composers, arrangers, and conductors. The specific concentrations offered are described below.
Individuals may complete up to twelve hours of academic study as an "undesignated" graduate student before being required to apply and be accepted into a specific graduate degree program.
To enter a graduate music degree program, prospective students must meet the admissions requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Music & Dance. The Graduate School Admissions Office is located at Room 530 in Goodell Hall, (413) 545-0722. While applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Graduate School, all supporting materials relating to music, such as CD's, scores or research papers, should be sent to the Music & Dance Department:
Graduate Program Director:
273 Fine Arts Center East
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree offers a liberal arts education and allows students to combine studies in dance with other fields of interest. Students are required to take eight courses in technique, and fourteen courses in dance theory. A Senior Project is required. Courses may be selected from the technique idioms of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Academic courses include dance history, composition, rhythmic analysis, scientific foundations of dance and dance production.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires intensive study in dance techniques and theory. Students are required to take sixteen courses in technique and fourteen courses in dance theory. A Senior Project is required. Courses may be selected from the technique idioms of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Academic courses include dance history, composition, rhythmic analysis, scientific foundations of dance and dance production.
How to Choose?
When choosing whether to follow a BFA or a BA track, a student will want to assess what his/her goals are while at the University and following graduation. The BFA is built to support a focus on Performance and Repertory, or Choreography and Creative Studies. In the BFA track, a higher number of technique classes are required, as well as additional classes in choreography, art, music, theater, and production.
In the BA track, there are fewer requirements for technique and choreography, and more requirements for taking alternative courses in individual areas of interest. The BA is built to support a focus in one of the following concentrations: Dance Education; Dance Production; Dance Technology; Dance Science/Somatics/Arts Therapies; and History/Cultural Studies/Aesthetics of Dance. Through Five College Dance Department classes, or classes in other departments on this campus, a student will design a curriculum focused on a particular area of interest. This will be accomplished through detailed meetings with an advisor to develop a plan that will fulfill the objectives of that focus and will engage the creative interests of the student.
Dance Program Advisor:
11 Totman Building