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Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music at Eastern Connecticut State University!  We are delighted that you are considering Eastern as a place to study music within the context of a liberal arts education!  Success in a collegiate music program requires dedication, personal drive, and an appropriate level of previous musical training and/or experience. Our program strives to create an educational community where aspiring performers, composers, and scholars can develop their talents in a supportive environment and receive individualized mentoring and advising. The Music Program at Eastern offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Music Minor with concentrations in Performance, Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism, and Music Industry and Leadership. For specific information about the requirements for the Major or Minor, please click on the appropriate link below.

The Music Program is housed in the new, state of the art Fine Arts Instructional Center. The building features beautifully designed performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, teaching studios and numerous academic classrooms and public spaces.

Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Music Minor

Performance Concentration

Students with a concentration in performance are encouraged to reach the highest level of their potential through participation in the private lesson series, large and small ensembles, and related coursework in conducting, literature, and chamber music. Beginning their freshman year, our students are provided with valuable performance experiences geared toward the successful completion of their Senior Recital and research project.

Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism

The Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism concentration offers students opportunities to analyze the style and structure of music from around the world, to investigate its place in history and culture, and to create works of musical art through a variety of media. Assessing music in classical and popular styles, students explore a wide range of present and past musical traditions. The concentration brings together diverse analytical and creative activities that equip students to think critically and multidimensionally about the complexity of musical sound, meaning, and expression. Faculty advisers help students chart their path through the concentration and develop Senior Projects tailored to their specific interests and career goals.

Music Industry and Leadership (new for Spring 2019!)

The concentration in Music Industry and Leadership is intended for students who are interested in pursuing careers or graduate study in the fields of Music administration and management (operations, education, marketing, development), music sales, copyright law, music production, sound engineering, or artist management. The curriculum will introduce a variety of closely related fields, develop entrepreneurial skills, strengthen teamwork, and mentor strong leadership development through field work and internships.


Music Program hosts an Audition Day and Open House each spring. Interested students should be sure to complete an Audition Request Form by clicking “Apply Now” below.  We look forward to meeting you!

Are you an Out-of-State Applicant? Want to attend without paying out-of-state tuition rates? Eastern offers students from the New England states access to reduced tuition rates. Click HERE for more information about the New England Regional Student Program!


All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, regardless of concentration, must complete an audition. These auditions are intended to give the Music Faculty an opportunity to meet each applicant, understand their goals and objectives, and assist in proper advising. Click HERE for Audition Dates and Requirements.

Music Scholarships

Click HERE for information on available scholarships for students in Music and Performing Arts.

Why Study Music at Eastern?

Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University, is an institution with a student/teacher ratio of 16:1. As an integral part of the liberal arts mission of the University, music is an excellent vehicle in which to learn critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, and creative expression. In addition to those enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music or the Music Minor, all students at Eastern are encouraged to participate in private lessons and ensembles, regardless of their major.  Involvement in the arts is an integral part of a liberal arts education and a value that we believe sets the Music Program at Eastern apart from others in the state. Students who study music at Eastern have the opportunity to:

      • Receive individualized instruction from experts in the field
      • Combine music study with any other major as either a minor or a second major
      • Explore music through a global perspective
      • Learn essential skills that are necessary to be successful after college
      • Participate in large and small ensembles, many of which have been invited to perform at regional and national conferences and distinguished venues including the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall

Studying music at Eastern will equip students to…

      • Pursue graduate study in music
      • Begin careers as performers or composers
      • Pursue graduate study in Music Education
      • Transfer skills in leadership, teamwork, self-motivation and critical thinking to their chosen career or future education

Graduate Placement

Our Music Program alumni pursue a variety of career options and graduate study. Eastern students have earned or are pursuing advanced degrees in Musicology, Arts Administration, Performance, and Music Education, while others choose to enter the workforce in music sales, sound technology and audio engineering, or as choral conductors, private lesson instructors, or active performers!