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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
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Chairperson: Associate Professor Donald Running

Graduate Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Sarah McQuarrie-Sherwin

Professors: Jean Kreiling, Deborah Nemko, Carol Nicholeris, Salil Sachdev, Steven Young

Department Telephone Number: 508.531.1377
Location: Maxwell Library, Room 313A

Degree Programs

  • BA in Music
    Concentrations: Classical Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Education
  • MAT - Music

Undergraduate Minor

  • Music

Click on Academic Programs  for program information and requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Music offers a major within the framework of a Bachelor of Arts degree. The overarching goal of the program is to provide a solid foundation in music history, theory and performance within a liberal arts context, and by so doing prepares students who wish to pursue a variety of interests, including further study in music and Massachusetts Teacher Licensure.

In addition, the Department of Music offers a minor for those students pursuing a BA or BS degree, as well as courses that satisfy the university-wide core curriculum requirements. Private instruction is given in piano, guitar, voice and orchestral and band instruments. A performance study fee is charged for these lessons. Performing organizations are also available for both singers and instrumentalists.

A student wishing to major or minor in music should consult with the department chairperson as early as possible. Certain courses may be waived pending consultation with the Department of Music chairperson and/or completion of proficiency tests.

Educator Licensure

Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the following department links for specific teacher licensure and program requirements: Elementary and Early Childhood Education  or Special Education  for students double majoring in elementary education, early childhood education or special education; or Secondary Education and Professional Programs  for students minoring in secondary education (high school, middle school or PreK-12 specialist).

Honors Program

The honors program in music provides highly motivated music majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in music. Contact the Department of Music for further information concerning eligibility and application.

Postbaccalaureate Program: Initial Licensure - Teacher of Music

In conjunction with the College of Education and Allied Studies and the College of Graduate Studies, the Department of Music offers a postbaccalaureate program that qualifies a music graduate to obtain Massachusetts initial licensure as a teacher of music at the PreK-12 grade level (vocal, instrumental, general).

For additional current information concerning this program, contact the Department of Music.

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