Academics

Music, BA

Music Majors play in a band

THE MAJOR IN MUSIC

Music Mission Statement with Student Learning Outcomes

The Music Program within the Department of Performing Arts (Music-Theater-Dance) is committed to preparing students at all levels with a solid foundation in music and an expansive education in the liberal arts. We value music’s unique role in enhancing the human experience and prepare our students to engage their respective local and global communities with creativity, innovation, and understanding. While preserving the best of a traditional education in music and musical performance, we strive to prepare students for a variety of careers in an ever-changing global job market through exposure to diverse musical traditions, performance opportunities, critical analysis, and meaningful individual mentoring with faculty of national and international distinction.

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Goals and Objectives:

As part of its commitment to maintain accreditation with NEASC and the DESE, the Music Program provides the highest quality music instruction by fostering diverse musical thinking and training. Graduates with the B.A. in Music from UMass Boston will:                                                           

  • Possess a highly developed musical intelligence that is applicable to a broad spectrum of career trajectories.
  • Have proficiency on one’s major instrument, on keyboard, with score reading/analysis, and in ear training/sight singing, and possess a strong foundation in both Western and non-Western musical traditions in regards to history, theory, style, application, and performance.
  • Be able to contextualize the intersection of and interrelationship between music and other expressive arts such as theater and dance.
  • Have acquired significant performance experience within a variety of ensemble settings and with standard and non-standard repertoire.
  • Understand music in its historical, global, and creative context with significant exposure to the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition, respectfully.

MUSIC EDUCATION LICENSE

Graduates in the Music Teacher Licensure Program will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to master music pedagogy and its practical implementation in the K-12 curriculum. These are acquired through and pertain to choral, general, and instrumental methods, as well as the development of skillful conducting technique. This program leads toward the Initial Licensure in Music Education. (There are Master’s degree programs offered through the Graduate College of Education.) See the Teacher Licensure page.