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. Beginning in Fall 2016, the Music Program will offer concentrations in Performance and Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism. For specific information about the requirements for the Major or Minor, please click on the appropriate link below. Any Eastern student, regardless of major, can participate in Applied Lessons or Ensembles. Please contact the appropriate ensemble director or applied instructor for more information.
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.
For information about all other performance areas, please contact Dr. David Belles (Chair, Music Program).
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.
All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, regardless of concentration, must complete an entrance interview and 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.
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