Students encounter a wide range of musical repertories, theoretical approaches, and research strategies. While many students opt to major in BA in Music alone, many others enroll as part of a double major. This is especially true of young scholars who are aiming for careers in engineering, sciences, business, and fields in the humanities and social sciences, but who still want to pursue their interests in music. Students in the BA concentration take a variety of classes in history, theory, and ethnomusicology, and they may be active performers, participating in our many ensembles and taking private lessons. Students also participate in a wide array of co-ops and are encouraged to explore opportunities that conform to their interests. Recent alumni have gone on to graduate programs in music at Princeton University, Lesley University, and the University of Hartford; other graduates are now attending law school, medical school, and are pursuing careers outside the academy.

Program director
Deirdre Loughridge


NOTE: Please see the current catalog or course descriptions maintained by the university registrar.


Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Music are expected to have acquired the following competencies:

Musical Aptitudes

1. To identify and apply the fundamental principles
behind the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal
components of music from a variety of time periods
and cultures.

2. To hear, identify, and work conceptually with the
elements of music, including intervals, scales,
chords, meters, rhythm, melody, harmony,
modulations, structure, and other elements.

3. To understand the basic principles and structures
of at least three or four other systems of musical
performance, including improvisation from genres,
cultures and ethnicities beyond the European/North
American “classical” canon.

Cultural Knowledge and Analytical Skills

1. To demonstrate a familiarity with the broad trajectory of music and its history up through the present day.

2. To demonstrate an understanding of listening, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.

3. To identify and define musical, aesthetic, and cultural styles, the lives and processes of composers, the activities of performers and performance traditions, and the technological advances that have affected musical production from centuries past to the present in all parts of the world.

3. To integrate a broad range of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge into a comprehensive understanding of music, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic, cultural, societal and political forces in cultures around the globe.

4. To demonstrate the ability to write fluently about music, its history, evolution, cultural meaning and social impact (These skills should be transferable such that students who concentrate in the BA in Music will be able to apply for a broad range of jobs once they graduate).

Research Skills

1. The ability to think critically, write, and present musical analyses and research.The ability to present original research, both written and oral through developing a primary (& possibly secondary) area of interest.


Note: Following successful completion of the capstone class, students should have built a portfolio of projects and papers that will aid them in applying for jobs or graduate school.