MusicBachelor of Arts

Music has existed for as long as humankind has. In the Western European tradition, music expresses emotion. But in other traditions, the sound of music often plays a different role.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, we rock!

They put us in the top 100 music programs in the country.

Our program is unique in that it takes you beyond the Western European art tradition to the appreciation of music as a worldwide phenomenon — a creation of all cultures and civilizations on both the folk and art levels.

Focus on performance or musicology

Does the stage beckon? Or do you envision yourself more as a scholar on the subject? Our program is flexible, so you can channel your natural aptitude in the direction you want it to go. Whichever direction you choose, you’ll be part of a dynamic program that lives within a liberal arts curriculum.

Possible career roles for you in the future? Think about: performer, composer, music publisher, music critic or journalist, teacher, curator, and librarian. A degree in music has a definite practical side.

Choose your instrument

If performance is your calling, we’ll urge you to take private instruction on an instrument or in voice — you’ll be glad you did when it’s time for your senior year recital! We’ve all heard the old anecdote: A man on a busy New York street asks the legendary violinist, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice,” is the maestro’s immediate reply. He wasn’t kidding.

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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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$20,000 Scholarship Opportunity

The University of New Haven and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven have teamed up to offer a new scholarship for high school students who want to major in the arts at the University of New Haven. The Todd Jokl Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship awards $5,000 per academic year for four consecutive years.

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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Talent Manager

13% Growth 2017-2027


Account Manager

9% Growth 2017-2027


Music Teacher

8% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Hip Hop: Culture, Music and History

    This course will chronicle hip-hop music and culture from its antecedents to its current status. A historical examination of hip-hop’s sonic and social aspects as a product of 20th century America.

  • American Roots Music: Old Time, Bluegrass and Country

    In this course we will listen to old time music, bluegrass, early country, country music and Appalachian folk music. All of these genres are considered American either because they are native to the United States or because they developed here, from foreign origins. “Roots music” served as the basis for many American music genres. By listening to ballads, lullabies, work songs, battle cries, love songs, topical verse, and children’s songs, we will study how these traditions are passed from one generation to another and how songs have reflected and impacted history.

  • Analysis and History of European Art Music

    The growth of Western art music from its beginnings to the present day. Analysis of musical masterpieces on a technical and conceptual basis.

  • Musicianship

    Development of practical skills essential to performers and ensemble directors: ear training, sight singing, dictation, transcription, arranging, notation, score writing.

  • Full List of Courses for Music

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Music, B.A.

    Music Minor

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Unique Opportunities
Purebred Records

Purebred Records is an independent record label based out of the University of New Haven.

We are a devoted group of individuals full of passion and creativity. For our student-run team, we use experiential growth, applying our skills and experience in new and innovative ways, and challenging ourselves to work smarter and stronger with every new endeavor we take on.

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Nashville Study Away

Nashville Study Away

The University of New Haven is proud to partner with Blackbird Studio to offer a study-away program designed for students in our music majors. Nashville is the creative center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum.

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Next Steps
  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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