Bachelor of Music

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are required to complete a minimum of 127 credits for graduation. Bachelor of Music candidates must satisfactorily complete at least 28 credits in residence at the Conservatory during the junior and/or senior years. A maximum of six years is allowed between time of entrance and completion of the Bachelor of Music degree. Students who major in either performance or composition typically receive weekly 50-minute lessons. All students are allowed 14 lessons in the fall semester and 15 lessons in the spring semester.  Private instruction must be taken with a member of the Conservatory collegiate faculty.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the core curriculum outlined in the table on this page. Students deficient in preparation for any of these requirements may be required to take remedial courses and pass qualifying examinations prior to enrolling in these courses.  The General Education requirement consists of eight credits in Introduction to Western Civilization GED 202/203; three credits in Literature, Poetry or Drama; three credits in History or Philosophy;and 18 additional credits in the GED 210-599 series (voice majors must take at least six credits each in Italian, French and German), for a total of 32 credits. Not more than 36 credits (including 32 credits of General Education in the core curriculum) of non-music courses will count toward the total credits required for graduation.  Transfer students may petition the Dean for permission to use more than 36 non-music credits as graduation requirements.  For more information regarding transfer students, please see the Academic Requirements for Admission under the General Information section of the course catalog.  All requirements for the major fields are listed by major on the following pages, with the core curriculum always shaded.

Core Curriculum Requirements


Credits for
Bachelor of Music

Practical Aspects of a Career
in Music APP 404


Conservatory Chorus ENS 300 or Conservatory Chamber Choir ENS 301


Introduction to Western Civilization
GED 202/203


Literature, Poetry or Drama1
(GED 302–399)


History or Philosophy1 (GED 402–479)


General Education Electives
(GED 210–599)


Music History MHL 202/203/204


Music History and Literature
MHL 400–599 or MMT 252/253


Other MMT/MHL series courses2


Musicianship MMT 102/103/104/105


Music Theory MMT 112/113/114/115


Keyboard Skills PRF 150/151
(except keyboard and composition majors)


Private Instruction PVL 100 in each of the four years in residence


Total Core


1. Undergraduates, except for voice majors, must complete this requirement by
the end of the junior year.

2. Except MHL 202-399 and MMT 100-115

Specialized Area of Study: Historical Performance Program

Corey Jamason, Director
Elisabeth Reed, Baroque Cello and Gamba
Elizabeth Blumenstock, Violin and Viola
Christine Brandes, Voice
Richard Savino, Plucked Strings

The Conservatory offers a variety of opportunities to study historically informed performance and performance practice. The Baroque Ensemble provides the primary performance opportunity to perform early music. It presents baroque orchestra and chamber music performances on period instruments from the school's period instrument collection, open to all students at the school, instrumental and vocal.

In addition, performance courses for harpsichord, fortepiano, continuo playing and viol consort are offered every semester, open to all students. Academic courses include classes in performance practice as well as numerous undergraduate and graduate courses on topics relating to early music.

Degrees in early music offered by the Conservatory include undergraduate and graduate degrees in harpsichord as well as a one-year Professional Studies Diploma in historical keyboards, a flexible degree which includes the study of fortepiano, harpsichord and continuo playing.

The Conservatory offers an Emphasis in Historical Performance, which consists of an organized set of courses for students interested in studying period instruments and performance practice in greater depth through enrollment in Baroque Ensemble, a performance practice course and specialized courses for individual instruments. The program is available for harpsichord (Corey Jamason, faculty), historical plucked strings (Richard Savino, faculty) and baroque cello (Elisabeth Reed, faculty). Emphases for additional instruments and voice will be forthcoming. Admission is by audition at the beginning of the school year. Please contact Corey Jamason for further details about the program and audition requirements.

Recitals and Juries

At the conclusion of each academic year, students will be required to perform before faculty jurors. Students who enter in January will play their jury examinations in December of that calendar year. These examinations determine whether the student has satisfactorily completed yearly requirements in the major instrument and influence continuing eligibility for scholarship assistance.
Examination and recital requirements vary according to the major field. No required recitals or juries can be given unless the student is registered for PVL 100/110/112R at the time of the recital or jury. No required recitals or juries can be given outside of the regular collegiate sessions. Exceptions to this policy are only given in extreme cases. Students must petition the Academic Affairs Committee to request such an exception.

Ensemble Participation

Students must participate in ensembles to which they are assigned.  Students whose major instrument is an orchestral instrument must participate in the orchestra every semester they are enrolled in the Conservatory. All brass majors are also required to participate in Brass Choir every semester.