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 five 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.

Concentration in Music History and Literature

Forty credits, including:

Music History and Literature
MU 111Music History & Literature I3
MU 112Music History & Literature II3
Six additional credits at the 100-level or higher in music history and literature6
MU 211Senior Music History Project1
Music Theory
MU 109Harmony and Form I3
MU 054Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 056Harmony 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
Eight credits in private lessons and/or performing ensemble, in any combination. Choose from the following:8
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Private Lessons: Music Majors
MUL 117-132 Ensembles
Additional Requirement
Three 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.

Thirty six credits, including:

Performance
Six hours of MUL 134 Private Lessons6
Five hours of MUL 234 Private lessons5
MU 250Senior Recital1
Four credits in ensembles, in any combination. Choose from the following:4
Concert Band
University Concert Choir
Orchestra
Vermont Wind Ensemble
Accompanying
University Catamount Singers
Opera Workshop
Percussion Ensemble
Chamber Music
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 054Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 056Harmony and Form Lab II1
MU 209Harmony and Form III3
MU 210Harmony and Form IV3

Concentration in Music Technology and Business

Thirty-six 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
Three additional credits from the following:3
Creating Music for Video
Live Sound Reinforcement
Music History
Six credits in music history and literature from the following:6
Intro to Classical Music
Sound, Sense, and Ideas
D1: Intro to Jazz History
American Music
D2: Intro World Music Cultures
D1: Blues & Related Traditions
D1: Chasing the Blues
D1:Music & Culture:New Orleans
D2: Music of Latin Am & Carib
History of Rock and Roll
D1: Latin Jazz Immersion
History of Jazz
American Music
D2: World Music Cultures
Music History & Literature I
Music History & Literature II
Music Theory
Six credits from the following:6
Music Theory Fundamentals
Jazz Harmony
Harmony and Form I
Harmony and Form II
Theory/Prac Jazz Improv I
Performance 5
Piano Proficiency 1
Group Jazz Piano I
Private Lessons
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Recommended Optional Electives:
Creating Music for Video
Live Sound Reinforcement
Harmony and Form Lab I
Harmony and Form Lab II
Jazz Harmony Lab
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.

Thirty-eight credits, including:

Music Theory
MU 109Harmony and Form I3
MU 054Harmony and Form Lab I1
MU 110Harmony and Form II3
MU 056Harmony 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
Nine additional credits in Composition and/or Theory from the following:9
Creating Music for Video
Composition
Advanced Composition
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Advanced Jazz Comp and Arr
MU 260Sr Composition/Theory Project1
Music History and Literature
MU 111Music History & Literature I3
MU 112Music History & Literature II3
Performance
Six credits of private lessons (excluding MU 021) 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.

Thirty-six 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
Three additional credits from the following: 3
D2: World Music Cultures
Music History & Literature I
Music History & Literature II
Performance
MU 024Group Jazz Piano I1
MU 025Group Jazz Piano II1
MU 117-132 Ensembles3
Eleven credits of private lessons for music majors chosen from:11
Private Lessons: Music Majors
Private Lessons: Music Majors
MU 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
American Music
Seminar in Ethnomusicology
Composer Seminar
Advanced Jazz Comp and Arr