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Music Program

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The Music program provides a supportive environment, individualized mentoring and outstanding facilities where aspiring performers, composers, and scholars can develop their talents. Success in a collegiate music program requires dedication, personal drive, and an appropriate level of previous musical training and/or experience. Coursework provides theoretical and experiential opportunities which emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from Western and non-Western traditions.

Involvement in the arts is an integral part of a liberal arts education that sets Eastern’s Music Program apart from others in the state. In addition to students enrolled in the B.A. in Music or the Music minor, all students at Eastern are encouraged to participate in ensembles, regardless of their major.

Students studying music pursue careers or additional education in:

  • Performance and Pedagogy
  • Musicology, Theory and Composition
  • Music Industry and Leadership
  • Arts Administration and Leadership
  • Music Production and Technology
  • Education
  • Conducting
  • Composition
Chair - Music
David Belles
FAIC Room 234
 (860) 465-0246
Performing Arts Office
Nanette Rukstela
FAIC Room 317
(860) 465-5325
(860) 465-5764
Box Office Manager
Andrea Costa
(860) 465-5121
Student musicians playing instruments
Student musicians playing instruments
Student musicians playing instruments
Professor instructing student playing piano

Programs of Study

  • Housed in the state-of-the-art Fine Arts Instructional Center, Eastern’s Music Program provides theoretical and hands-on opportunities that emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from Western and non-Western traditions. Three concentrations—in Performance, Musicology, History, Composition and Criticism and Music Industry and Leadership are available. Students benefit from nine ensembles, personal instruction on a variety of instruments; and facilities that include nine practice rooms for student use, a 400-seat concert hall, a proscenium theater, a studio theater, two performance labs, a piano lab and several graphic design classrooms. A Music minor is also available to non-Music majors.

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  • Theatre majors at Eastern examine the history of performance and gain practical experience in production. They work onstage, backstage and front-of-house through classes, independent studies, internships, practica and study tours, and on full-length major productions, one-acts, original plays and staged readings. The Theatre program produces four main stage shows each year, giving students many opportunities to develop skills and talents in all areas of theatre and dance. Concentrations include Acting; Dance and Performance; Directing; and Theatre Technology, Design and Management.

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  • New Media Studies offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. New Media Studies majors in Visual Art will be prepared for careers in such fields as digital motion graphics, game and apps design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

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  • The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

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