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Prospective Students

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, Music Industry and Leadership, and Musicology: History, Composition, and Criticism.

How do I apply?

Students should apply to the university by following the instructions on the main Admissions website. Once accepted to the University, all students interested in majoring in Music are required to appear for an Audition. Each spring the Music Program hosts an Audition Day & Open House to provide prospective students with an opportunity to meet current music students, interact with music faculty, and demonstrate their current level of proficiency on their primary instrument. These auditions are intended to give the Music Faculty an opportunity to meet each prospective student, understand their goals and objectives, and assist in proper placement in lessons and ensembles. 

To learn more about the audition process and register for this year's Audition Day, please click the "Audition Information" link below. We look forward to meeting you!

Audition Information


  Eastern Music Student for a Day!

We are excited about our new "Eastern Music Student for a Day" program.  Prospective students can come to campus, sit in on classes, meet fellow students, and schedule a sample private lesson with an Eastern faculty member.  Click here to set up your campus experience! 



Degree Requirements

There are 3 Concentrations in Music:

1. Performance

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.

Performance Areas

2. 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. 

3. Music Industry and Leadership

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. 

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. 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. Many of our students elect to combine their Music Major with a minor or double major in another area of interest.

Graduate Placement

Our Music 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 at top universities and conservatories including:

  • Florida State University
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Westminster Choir College
  • The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
  • University of Missouri
  • The HARTT School of Music
  • University of Bridgeport

Others choose to enter the workforce in music sales, sound technology and audio engineering, or as choral conductors, private lesson instructors, or active performers!