The Bachelor of Music Degree
Areas of Concentration (Scroll down for descriptions and SUBPLANS/recommended courses of study)
- Jazz & African-American Music Studies
- Music Education
- Music History
- Performance (Classical)
- Music Theory or Composition (may be combined in some cases)
Core Requirements for all Bachelor of Music concentrations
- Theory - 5 semesters
- Aural Skills (Ear Training) - 4 semesters
- Music Literature - 1 semester
- Music History - 3 semesters
- Applied Music (Private study) - Throughout the curriculum
- Ensembles - Throughout the curriculum
- Class Piano - 4 semesters
- Conducting - 1 semester
Bachelor of Music Concentration Descriptions
All include Core Requirements as listed above.
A jazz performance program which requires junior and senior recitals, plus courses that include jazz history, African-American music, jazz arranging and composition, jazz theory and improvisation, instrument- and voice-related classes, and applied lessons. Students also participate in a broad range of performance styles and ensembles, which is of great use when entering professional careers.
Links to detailed course subplans (recommended courses, pdf format) in Jazz:
Keyboard (Options A & B)
Students complete courses in music education methods, instrumental techniques, and student teaching (see * below for jazz restriction). Students must earn a grade of C or higher in approved professional courses. The curriculum prepares students for Initial Licensure to teach music in the public schools' grades PreK-12. Completion of the concentration requires passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Links to detailed course subplans (recommended courses, pdf format) in Music Education:
* Applicants who wish to pursue a Music Education degree must audition, be accepted for and complete seven semesters of classical applied lessons on their major instrument/voice. The Music Education degree track is not currently available to undergraduate students auditioning as Jazz majors or minors. However, it may be possible to pursue Music Education and Jazz degrees separately; for more information, please consult with the Coordinators and Admissions Director.
Music History: Music History webpage
Coordinator: Professor Erinn Knyt, firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 545-1247
Prof. Knyt is on sabbatical during Fall 2018; Prof. & Chair Roberta M. Marvin is Coordinator during that time.
Focuses on the study of the historical, stylistic, and cultural development of music; foreign language study and a senior thesis are required. Prepares students for graduate work in Musicology.
Links to detailed course subplans (recommended courses, pdf format) in Music History:
Music Performance: Music Performance webpage
Focuses on intensive private study, including junior and senior recitals, with the intent of preparing students to enter the performance arena. Graduates may also teach privately and/or do further study to prepare for college level teaching.
Links to detailed course subplans (recommended courses, pdf format) in Performance:
Primarily concerned with theoretical foundations and analysis, and composition techniques, of Western classical music. Prepares students for graduate work in theory or composition.
Link to Admissions Requirements for Composition - Undergraduate (pdf file).
Links to detailed course subplans (recommended courses, pdf format) in Theory/Composition:
List of Instruments/Voice
Private Lessons (only as part of music degree programs) are offered in:
Percussion (Classical or Jazz)
In some cases, students may be accepted into the Jazz program on instruments other than those listed above for Jazz. Please contact the Jazz Program Director Jeffrey W. Holmes, email@example.com, 413-545-6046 if you have questions.