As a music major, you'll develop your performance abilities and explore the world's musical heritage from the Americas to Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Middle East/West Asia.
The music BA program provides opportunities for intensive study in applied music, the history of music, musical theory, and more. Grounded in the importance of cultural, geographical, and social contexts, our curriculum is distinguished by its focus on the study and performance of music from diverse cultures, including jazz and world music.
Music students can concentrate their studies in music education – earning licensure to teach, or music performance – for those looking for a career on stage.
Technology is an important part of the curriculum, emphasizing skills for contemporary music and its integration with time-based arts such as computer music, dance, theater, video/film, and the visual arts.
Your studies in music at UMassD will prepare you for careers in composition, education, performance, recording, and sound design – as well as for advanced study in music and related disciplines.
Our curriculum is designed to develop your performance ability, musical analysis, critical and creative thinking, and original ideas. With a focus on applied music, history, and technology, your courses will provide you with a solid foundation, while allowing you to pursue your individual interests. Choose from a variety of topics including music therapy, recording, and video scoring and explore genres ranging from gospel to jazz to rock.
You'll work closely with faculty, receive personalized attention, and advance your performance ability through workshops and classes that culminate in senior-year recitals and performances.
For the BA in Music, you'll complete 120 credit hours.
Develop your musical abilities in piano, voice, or orchestral instruments. For the minor, you'll complete 18 credits in music.
College of Visual & Performing Arts undergraduate mean starting salary:
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- Performance: advance your skills as a performer through our many vocal and instrumental ensembles
- Concert series: the department sponsors performances by professional artists of national and international stature
- Jam sessions: share your love of jazz at jam sessions with faculty and guest musicians
- Community: participate in student-led ensembles
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills