Admissions : Undergraduate Degree Programs


The Department of Music at Western Connecticut State University is a friendly, vibrant, student-oriented unit in an institution of higher learning that serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. The faculty and staff of the department strive to meet the educational needs of a diverse student body through instruction, performance, scholarship and public service. Additionally, the department fosters the highest standards of teaching and research in its undergraduate and graduate programs and supports the establishment and continuation of a just and moral society through its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff and the achievements of its graduates.

  • Program type:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music
  • Minors / Options: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Audio and Music Production, Bachelor of Music in Performance: Vocal or Instrumental, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • School: School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Primary Location: Westside campus

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

As per NASM standards and the stated goals for this degree, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program are expected to acquire the following competencies in General Education, Musicianship, and Performance prior to graduation.

1. General Education

  1. The ability to communicate clearly with others through various means, including speaking, writing, and gesture.
  2. The acquisition of a fundamental understanding of mathematics and physical, biological, and computer sciences as they relate to modern society.
  3. The ability to form and defend opinions based on an informed knowledge of culture and history.
  4. The ability to form and defend opinions based on an informed knowledge of moral and ethical philosophies.
  5. The acquisition of a fundamental understanding of how to work out problems in a variety of disciplines in a volatile global society.
  6. The capacity to respect and defend views effectively and rationally.
  7. The acquisition of experiences in the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts and humanities through the study of diverse cultural elements.

2. Musicianship

  1. Students will exhibit a functional knowledge of the rudiments of music, including rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture.
  2. Students will show an understanding of musical notation and the ability to read and realize standard musical notation at a functional level.
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the processes of composition, improvisation, and how they relate to the spectrum of music in a variety of styles and cultures.
  4. Students will exhibit a broad knowledge of music history and literature, including music of diverse cultures.
  5. Students willshow the ability to develop opinions related to music and the arts and to be able to defend rationally these judgments to professionals and laypersons.

3. Performance and Music Electives

  1. Students will demonstrate performance ability on their major instrument at a level that allows for artistic growth and continuous improvement throughout their chosen career.
  2. Students will exhibit the capacity to realize a variety of musical styles.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of music beyond basic musicianship.