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For fall semester admission, applications submitted by the "priority deadline" of March 1 are given priority and will be notified of a decision by the end of April. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through July 1.
For spring semester admission, the application deadline is December 1. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through December.
Financing Your Education
Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable.
Theory Courses (12 Credits)
MUSIC 121 - Theory I 3 Credit(s)
MUSIC 122 - Theory II 3 Credit(s)
MUSIC 221 - Theory III 3 Credit(s)
MUSIC 222 - Theory IV 3 Credit(s)
Ear Training & Sight Singing Courses (8 Credits)
MUSIC 123 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I 2 Credit(s)
MUSIC 124 - Ear Training and Sight Singing II 2 Credit(s)
MUSIC 223 - Ear Training and Sight Singing III 2 Credit(s)
MUSIC 224 - Ear Training and Sight Singing IV 2 Credit(s)
Keyboard Skills Courses (4 Credits)
MUSIC 131 - Elements: Keyboard I 2 Credit(s)
MUSIC 132 - Elements: Keyboard II 2 Credit(s)
Music History Courses (9 Credits)
MUSIC 302 - Medieval to Baroque 3 Credit(s)
MUSIC 303 - Classical to Modern 3 Credit(s)
MUSIC 315 - Seminar in World Music 3 Credit(s)
Ensemble Performance Courses (6 Credits)
Take six semesters from the courses below.
MUSIC 101 - University Chorus 1 Credit(s)
MUSIC 102 - Chamber Singers 1 Credit(s)
MUSIC 104 - Jazz Band 1 Credit(s)
MUSIC 106 - Chamber Orchestra 1 Credit(s)
MUSIC 109 - Music Collaboratory 1 Credit(s)
Solo Performance Courses (8 Credits)
Take eight semesters of applied music lessons in a primary instrument or voice.
MUSIC 185 - Applied Music 1 Credit(s)
At time of admission to the University or by completion of an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.
If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.
Complete a minimum of 120 credits from:
- General education requirements set by the college of your primary major. These include courses in critical analysis; verbal and quantitative reasoning; human diversity; and principle approaches to knowledge in mathematics, technology, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, arts, humanities, world languages, and world cultures.
- Requirements for at least one declared major.
- Elective courses needed to meet 120 credits and/or requirements from optional additional programs of study.
Residency: At least 30 credits for the degree must be completed at UMass Boston.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher from all UMass Boston courses.
Pass/fail: No more than eight courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the degree. Only one course may be taken pass/fail each semester.
Complete 47 credits from 27 courses including four theory courses, four ear training & sight singing courses, two keyboard skills courses, three music history courses, six ensemble performance courses, and eight solo performance courses.
In order to graduate, music majors must demonstrate proficiency at level four in their primary instrument.
Grade: No courses with a grade below C- may be applied toward the major.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for all major courses.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the major.
Residency: At least 15 credits for the major must be completed at UMass Boston.
Performing Arts Department Location: University Hall, Room 2247, Second Floor
- Phone: 617.287.5640
- Rafael Jaen, Chair, Performing Arts Department
- Tanya Williams, Administrative Assistant, Tanya.Williams@umb.edu
- Bill Doncaster, Outreach Coordinator. Bill.Doncaster@umb.edu
- Joshua Kohler, Production Manager, Joshua.Kohler@umb.edu
- Sommer Forrester, Music Program Coordinator, Sommer.Forrester@umb.edu
- Carrie Ann Quinn, Theatre Arts Program Coordinator, CarrieAnn.Quinn@umb.edu
- Danny Swain, Dance Program Coordinator, Daniel.Swain@umb.edu
- The UMass Boston Orchestra
Sommer Forrester, Conductor, Sommer.Forrester@umb.edu
- The UMass Boston Jazz Ensembles
Peter Janson, Director, Peter,Janson@umb.edu
- The UMass Boston Chamber Singers and University Chorus
David Giessow, Choral Director, David.Giessow@umb.edu
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