Music B.A.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

In the Bachelor of Arts program, music majors may choose from 5 concentrations:

Concentration in Music History and Literature

Concentration in Music Performance (Classical)

Concentration in Music Technology and Business

Concentration in Composition and Theory

Concentration in Jazz Studies

Major Requirements

All students interested in majoring in music must first pass a Level II Jury on an instrument or voice. With the exception of the Music Technology and Business concentrators, the Level II Jury must be passed before declaring the major. Prior to graduation, Music Technology and Business concentrators must pass the Level II Jury, and all other music majors must pass a Level III Jury (attaining an intermediate level on their principal instrument or voice). In addition, Jazz Studies and Classical Music Performance concentrators must pass a Level IV Jury prior to their Senior Recital. Except for Jazz Studies and Music Technology and Business concentrators, all majors must have or acquire piano skills sufficient to pass the piano proficiency examination. The piano proficiency exam must be passed prior to enrolling in the final capstone course (senior recital or senior project).

Concentration in Music History and Literature

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Music History and Literature, is designed for students who wish to pursue this area of music within a liberal arts context. Admission through Level II audition.

40 credits, including:

Music History and Literature
MU 111Music History & Literature I3
MU 112Music History & Literature II3
6 additional credits in music history and literature at the 100-level or higher.6
MU 211Senior Music History Project1
Music Theory
MU 109Harmony and Form I3
MU 101Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 102Harmony and Form Lab II1
MU 209Harmony and Form III3
MU 154Harmony and Form Lab III1
MU 210Harmony and Form IV3
MU 156Harmony and Form Lab IV1
Performance
8 credits in private lessons and/or performing ensemble, in any combination. Choose from the following:8
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Small Ensembles
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
University Concert Band
University Concert Choir
University Symphony Orchestra
University Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Small Ensembles
Catamount Singers
Vermont Wind Ensemble
Additional Requirement
3 credits in a music concentration other than history and literature3

Concentration in Music Performance (CLASSICAL)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Performance, is designed for students who wish to pursue this area of music within a liberal arts context. Admission through Level II audition.

36 credits, including:

Performance
6 hours of MUL 134 Private Lessons: Music Majors6
5 hours of MUL 234 Private Lessons: Music Majors5
MUL 250Senior Recital1
4 credits in ensembles, in any combination. Choose from the following:4
Small Ensembles
University Concert Band
University Concert Choir
University Symphony Orchestra
Advanced Small Ensembles
Catamount Singers
Vermont Wind Ensemble
Students must appear each year in Student Performance Recitals.
Students must pass a Solo Recital (Level IV) Jury prior to their Senior Recital.
Music History and Literature
MU 111Music History & Literature I3
MU 112Music History & Literature II3
Music Theory
MU 109Harmony and Form I3
MU 101Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 102Harmony and Form Lab II1
MU 209Harmony and Form III3
MU 210Harmony and Form IV3

Concentration in Music Technology and Business

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Music Technology and Business, is designed for students who wish to pursue this area of music within a liberal arts context.

36 credits, including:

Music Technology and Business
MU 060Intro to Music Technology3
MU 161Studio Production I2
MU 162Studio Production II2
MU 261Studio Production III2
MU 172Arts Management3
MU 185Music Business and Copyright3
MU 262Senior Project in Music Tech1
or MU 291 Music Technology Internship
or AS 190 Internship
3 additional credits from the following:3
Live Sound Reinforcement
Creating Music for Video
Music History and Literature
6 credits in music history and literature from the following:6
Exploring Music History
D1: Intro to Jazz History
D2: Intro World Music Cultures
D1: Blues & Related Traditions
D1:Music & Culture:New Orleans
D2: Music of Latin Am & Carib
History of Rock and Roll
History of Jazz
D2: World Music Cultures
Music History & Literature I
Music History & Literature II
Music Theory
6 credits from the following:6
Music Theory Fundamentals
Jazz Harmony
Harmony and Form I
Harmony and Form II
Theory/Prac Jazz Improv I
Performance
MUL 116Group Jazz Piano I1
or MUL 118 Piano Proficiency I
4 credits in MUL 074 (Private Lessons) or MUL 134 (Private Lessons: Music Majors)4
Recommended Optional Electives:
MU 063Live Sound Reinforcement3
MU 160Creating Music for Video3
MU 101Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 102Harmony and Form Lab II1
MU 104Jazz Harmony Lab1
Additional group piano study, ensembles, and/or private lessons

Concentration in Composition and Theory

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Composition and Theory, is designed for students who wish to pursue this area of music within a liberal arts context. Admission through Level II audition.

38 credits, including:

Music Theory
MU 109Harmony and Form I3
MU 101Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 102Harmony and Form Lab II1
MU 209Harmony and Form III3
MU 154Harmony and Form Lab III1
MU 210Harmony and Form IV3
MU 156Harmony and Form Lab IV1
Composition and/or Additional Music Theory
9 additional credits in Composition and/or Theory from the following:9
Composition
Advanced Composition
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Advanced Jazz Comp and Arr
Creating Music for Video
MU 260Sr Composition/Theory Project1
Music History and Literature
MU 111Music History & Literature I3
MU 112Music History & Literature II3
Performance
6 credits of private lessons (on primary instrument)6
Students must pass a Level III examination.
Students must pass a Piano Proficiency examination.

Concentration in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a concentration in Jazz Studies, is designed for students who wish to pursue this area of music within a liberal arts context. Admission through Level II audition.

36 credits, including:

Music Theory
MU 103Jazz Harmony3
MU 104Jazz Harmony Lab1
MU 159Theory/Prac Jazz Improv I3
MU 257Jazz Composition and Arranging3
MU 259Thry & Prac of Jazz Improv II3
Music History and Literature
MU 105History of Jazz3
3 additional credits from the following: 3
D2: World Music Cultures
Music History & Literature I
Music History & Literature II
Performance
MUL 116Group Jazz Piano I1
MUL 117Group Jazz Piano II1
3 credits from the following ensembles:3
Small Ensembles (Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Nonet, Jazz Combo)
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
University Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Small Ensembles (Post Bop Ensemble)
11 credits of private lessons for music majors chosen from:11
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Private Lessons: Music Majors
MUL 250Senior Recital1
Students must pass an entrance audition (Level II) and a Level III examination.
Students must appear each year in Student Performance Recitals.
Students must pass a Solo Recital (Level IV) Jury prior to their Senior Recital.
Recommended Optional Electives:
D2: Music of Latin Am & Carib
Composer Seminar
Advanced Jazz Comp and Arr