Music is your passion. You find music everywhere. Now you want to make it your career. Unlock the power of Beethoven with your own symphony orchestra. Own the club stage with your best jazz improvisation. Hear an elite vocal ensemble bring your composition to life. Help a talented young musician draw their personality into their performance.

At The College of Saint Rose, we’re a community that loves music, and lives to foster each other’s creativity. An ideal setting for pursuing music in a liberal-arts setting, our Bachelor of Arts in Music gives you comprehensive training in the core music curriculum – including music history and theory as well as applied music – and the liberal arts. You’ll collaborate with students from all of our music programs and learn from dedicated, accomplished faculty who have graduated from top conservatories, performed in world famous venues, and recorded with Grammy winners.

The most flexible of our music degrees, our program lets you tailor your study to your specific interests. Tracks include:

  • Vocal, Keyboard, or Instrumental Studies
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Music History/Theory
  • You also can minor or double major in fields outside of music. It’s the perfect way to unlock your musical potential, shape your career, and find your own way to share the magic of music with others.

    Program Highlights

    • Work with outstanding faculty to improve your instrumental or vocal technique and musicianship
    • Focus on the track that aligns with your instrument and goals: keyboard/vocal (for pianists and vocalists), instrumental (for other instruments), composition, conducting, or music history/theory
    • Gain experience performing in a wide variety of ensembles, both on and off campus
    • Practice and perform in our state-of-the-art concert hall, classrooms and practice rooms in The Massry Center for the Arts, alongside musicians from all over the world
    • Collaborate with teaching studios, guest performers and composers, and professional music organizations
    • Customize your degree based on your interests, and in combination with other non-music programs
    • Accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    Requirements and Course Descriptions

    Learning Objectives

    Music Learning Objectives

    • Students will understand the elements of musical style, recognizing significant trends, musicians, theorists, literature, and external influences from antiquity to the present.
    • Students increase their ability to aurally recognize the fundamental elements of music.
    • Students will demonstrate a mastery of a body of repertoire in their primary applied area.
    • Students will understand the elements of style outside of the Western Classical Music Tradition.
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of musical leadership in ensemble setting.