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Music Degrees & Programs:


Undergraduate


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General Description
The Bachelor of Music Degree
The Bachelor of Arts Degree
The Minor in Music
B. Mus. Concentration Descriptions
Undergraduate Handbook
List of Instruments/Voice
Accreditation

 

General Description

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. Audition dates and requirements are available at the linked pages or from John Huling, the Music Admissions Director, jhuling@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6048.

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The Bachelor of Music Degree

Concentrations:

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

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The Bachelor of Arts Degree

Download BA subplan file (PDF)

Has similar core requirements to the B.Mus. Degree, but does not include the Class Piano or Conducting requirements, and requires six semesters of private lessons and ensembles. Students must complete the requirements of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, including a Foreign Language through the intermediate level.

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The Minor in Music

Requires Ensembles (conducted), four semesters of Applied Lessons, two semesters each of Theory and Aural Skills, and one semester of Music Literature.

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Bachelor of Music Concentration Descriptions

All include Core Requirements as listed above

Jazz & African-American Music Studies (JAAMS):
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:
Coordinator: Professor Lisa Lehmberg, lehmberg@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0612

Students complete courses in music education methods, instrumental techniques, and student teaching. 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. Admission to and completion of the concentration require 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

Music History:
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:
To find the faculty member(s) for your instrument/voice, see the Faculty by Discipline page.

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/Composition:
Students choose either Theory or Composition as their concentration.
Composition Requirements

Coordinators: Gary S. Karpinski, garykarp@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-4229 (Theory)
Salvatore Macchia, smacchia@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6053 (Composition)

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

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Undergraduate Handbook

Degree SUBPLANS (Lists of required courses/timeline) are linked above

 

List of Instruments/Voice

For a faculty list, please see the Faculty by Discipline page.
Private Lessons (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.

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Accreditation

The UMass Amherst music degree programs are fully accredited by all appropriate state and national agencies such as the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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