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Undergraduate Programs

We offer bachelor of music and bachelor of arts degrees, and students can choose an emphasis in classical performance, jazz studies, composition, or recording and production.

What sets us apart as a premier music school? It could be our 300+ performance opportunities, small class sizes, competitive scholarship packages, and award-winning faculty and staff. We instill habits of discipline and critical thinking as well as social and emotional intelligence, equipping you to excel in a variety of roles in the music industry and beyond.

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Majors
Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take in liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
Dual Degrees
A dual degree is a program of study in which students simultaneously pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, reducing the time required to achieve both. Typically, students complete their undergraduate studies after three years, as opposed to four, and take two more years to complete their graduate degree.
Minors
A minor is a student’s secondary academic discipline. It requires a set framework of classes, though it’s less intensive than a major. Minors can either complement a major or give the student the opportunity to study a field in which they’re interested but do not wish to pursue as a major.  
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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Composition

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in composition offers aspiring composers rigorous training in composition, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration and digital audio. The high ratio of performance majors to composition majors at Lamont means composers have many opportunities to hear their music. For students interested in digital audio, our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing students to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

This selective program provides a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university experience. Pursuing a music education pushes students to develop creative thinking, discipline, the capacity to collaborate and emotional intelligence. Thanks to these abilities and developed skills, students can leave prepared for careers inside and outside of music.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Jazz Studies

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in jazz studies provides professional training in all aspects of jazz music. Our faculty of artist-teachers is dedicated to expanding your creativity while providing the experience and knowledge necessary to build a career in jazz.

In today's jazz industry, musical versatility and diversity is key. With ensemble offerings, classes, guest artists, and a robust performing and recording schedule, our students are equipped to go straight from graduation into careers in performing, composing, arranging, recording and arts management.

Students can choose from any of the following areas of jazz study:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
  • Composing and arranging

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Music

BA, Minor

About this Program

The bachelor of arts in music provides the opportunity to develop your musical skills and performance aspirations while engaging in a curriculum that contains a large component of courses outside of music. This combination allows you to explore your interests and invest your time into other fields across the University. An education in music challenges you to learn discipline, collaboration and creative thinking while developing emotional intelligence. These skills and abilities prepare you for a successful career not only in music, but also a variety of other fields.

Alongside a robust music curriculum with renowned faculty, you will complete a minor or major in another field, providing a flexible program of study that balances breadth and depth. Pursuing a music education while taking advantage of the academic resources of the broader University provides a perfect environment to sharpen your skills, expand your horizons and pursue your passions.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Performance

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in performance provides professional training in the performance of Western art music. You'll receive extensive hands-on experience in your area of study with a faculty of artist-teachers dedicated to preparing you for a successful career in music. This selective program features a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university experience.

Beyond developing your technical skills, you'll have the opportunity to learn discipline, collaboration and creative thinking while developing emotional intelligence. On top of the intrinsic benefits of a music education, you can pursue additional topics through a minor or a second major, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience that can broaden horizons and prepare you for a career not only in music, but in an array of other fields.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Recording and Production

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in recording and production trains students as engineers and producers in the musical genres of jazz, classical, popular, rock and many others. This selective program provides a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university. Students take applied music lessons (classical or jazz), study music history and learn music theory while also practicing the art of engineering and producing fantastic music recordings.

Skills and abilities learned in the program can prepare students for successful careers not only in music recording and production, but also in a variety of other fields. Pursuing a music education while taking advantage of the academic resources of the broader university allows you to sharpen your skills, develop emotional intelligence and pursue your passions.