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The Bachelor of Music Degree

Areas of Concentration  (Scroll down for descriptions and SUBPLANS/recommended courses of study)

Detailed webpages:


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.

Jazz & African-American Music Studies (JAAMS):  Jazz Studies webpage
Director: Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046

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 (pdf format) in Jazz:
Woodwind/Brass
Percussion
Guitar
Strings
Keyboard (Options A & B)
Voice

 

Music Education:   Music Ed webpage
Coordinator: Professor Lisa Lehmberg, lehmberg@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0612

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 (pdf format) in Music Education:
Wind/Brass/Percussion
Strings
Keyboard-Instrumental
Keyboard-Voice
Voice

* 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 Ernest May, emay@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0624

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 (pdf format) in Music History:
Wind/Brass/Percussion
Strings
Voice
Keyboard

 

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 (pdf format) in Performance:
Wind/Brass/Percussion
Strings
Voice
Keyboard

 

Music Theory or Composition:   Theory webpage   Composition webpage
Students choose either Theory or Composition as their concentration. In some cases, they may be combined.
Composition Requirements

Salvatore Macchia, (413) 545-6053, Composition coordinator
Brent Auerbach, Jason Hooper, Gary S. Karpinski & Christopher White, Theory faculty

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 (pdf format) in Theory/Composition:
Wind/Brass/Percussion
Strings
Voice
Keyboard 


 

List of Instruments/Voice

Private Lessons (only as part of music degree programs) are offered in:

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone (Classical or Jazz)
Trumpet (Classical or Jazz)
Horn (French horn)
Trombone (Classical or Jazz)
Euphonium
Tuba

 

Percussion (Classical or Jazz)
Violin
Viola
Cello
String Bass (Classical or Jazz)
Piano (Classical or Jazz)
Organ
Voice (Classical or Jazz)
Guitar (Jazz only)

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, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, 413-545-6046 if you have questions.