Thank you for your interest in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music at Eastern Connecticut State University. We are delighted that you are considering Eastern as a place to study music within the context of a liberal arts education! Success in a collegiate music program requires dedication, personal drive, and an appropriate level of previous musical training and/or experience. Our program strives to create an educational community where aspiring performers, composers, and scholars can develop their talents in a supportive environment and receive individualized mentoring and advising.
The Music Program at Eastern offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Music Minor. For specific information about the requirements for the Major and Minor, please click on the appropriate link below.
The Music Program offers concentrations in Performance, Theory/Composition, and Global Perspectives in Music History and criticism. Click below to learn more about your specific area of interest:
For information about all other areas, please contact Dr. David Belles (Chair, Music Program)
Global Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Music Theory and Composition
All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, regardless of concentration, must complete an entrance interview and audition. These auditions are intended to give the Music Faculty an opportunity to meet each applicant, understand their goals and objectives, and assist in proper advising.
Click HERE for Audition Dates and Requirements.
Click here for information on available scholarships for students in Music and Performing Arts.
Why Study Music at Eastern?
Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University, is an institution with a student/teacher ratio of 16:1. As an integral part of the liberal arts mission of the University, music is an excellent vehicle in which to learn critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, and creative expression.
In addition to those enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music or the Music Minor, all students at Eastern are encouraged to participate in private lessons and ensembles, regardless of their major. Involvement in the arts is an integral part of a liberal arts education and a value that we believe sets the Music Program at Eastern apart from others in the state.
Students who study music at Eastern have the opportunity to:
- Receive individualized instruction from experts in the field
- Combine music study with any other major as either a minor or a second major
- Explore music through a global perspective
- Learn essential skills that are necessary to be successful after college
- Participate in large and small ensembles, many of which have been invited to perform at regional and national conferences and distinguished venues including the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall
Studying music at Eastern will equip students to…
- Pursue graduate study in music
- Begin careers as performers or composers
- Pursue graduate study in Music Education
- Transfer skills in leadership, teamwork, self-motivation and critical thinking to their chosen career or future education