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BA in Music

BA in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is conceived as a flexible program that guides the student toward broad learning and a wide range of professional applications.

The School of Music has established five tracks of specialization:

  • General. In this plan, the student is able to explore subjects in and beyond music while fully developing musicianship skills and accessing four years of lessons and performance study.
  • Jazz. This program provides the student with an elevated level of jazz performance skill but, moreover, with skills as a writer, collaborator, organizer, and advocate. As a musician, the student will have comfort outside of jazz as well, being technically proficient on the instrument and experienced in a variety of repertoire. The program strengthens (not replaces) the influence and value of the historic Fredonia Jazz Workshop.
  • Entrepreneurship. This flexible program allows students of various musical abilities to imagine and find a path to an appropriate, exciting career. Though there are some entrepreneurial choices may already be evident, there are also careers that students might discover and invent. This program taps their ingenuity and desire for creative and career autonomy.
  • Technology. This program provides a foundation for students interested in a variety of fields related to music technology. It achieves this objective by preparing students for future professional work, or further academic study at the master’s level. While the program is structured to establish a common foundation of knowledge, it remains flexible enough to allow students to pursue their individual interests within music technology. This is achieved both through electives chosen in consultation with the advisor, and also through the Capstone Project, which is tailored to fit the student’s area of interest.
  • History and Literature. This program is aimed at students who are interested in thinking, writing; and teaching about music in the broader frame of aesthetics, history, literature, and criticism. It is for those who are generally interested in arts scholarship, intellectual analysis, and the humanities and who want to focus on music but who do not (or do not yet) plan of specializing as a performer or a primary-secondary school music teacher—students who see themselves working toward further, more focused study in the humanities, or toward a career in in the humanities or media (whether practical, critical, or administrative as a public intellectual) . To the core of basic music skills is added an emphasis on writing skills and historical perspective expected of a “public intellectual.” The world of humanistic thinking and writing today, whether it be based in the traditional fine arts, theater, and letters or in newer commercial and popular media like film and media studies, is intense, fragmented, and fast-moving. Students in this program will be prepared to move in many different directions and to think at a high level about a wide range of topics. The focus will be on courses in music history and theory, art and general history, film and media studies, and writing and expression.

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