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Bachelor’s Degree in Music

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Choose Saint Rose for Your Bachelor’s Degree in Music

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.

Design your ideal program

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
  • Musical Theater

Build your skills

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.

Full Accreditation

The College of Saint Rose is Accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Audition Requirement

All prospective Music students must audition in order to be considered for admission with members of the Music Department faculty.

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Program Highlights

You receive the full Saint Rose Music experience:

  • Supportive mentorship
    Work with outstanding faculty to improve your instrumental or vocal technique and musicianship
  • Hone your craft
    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
  • Find your group
    Gain experience performing in a wide variety of ensembles, both on and off campus
  • Take the stage
    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
  • Creative partnerships
    Collaborate with teaching studios, guest performers and composers, and professional music organizations
  • Program built by you
    Customize your degree based on your interests, and in combination with other non-music programs


The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for students who wish to pursue a major in music in a liberal arts setting. B.A. in Music majors receive comprehensive training in the core music curriculum and the liberal arts.

It is designed to be a more independent degree in which students may concentrate in a number of areas such as:

  • applied performance
  • music history
  • music theory or composition

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  • 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.

Love This Class Spotlight: Opera Workshop

Professor Suna Gunther

Today, we staged two scenes: One is from the “Merry Widow” and one is from the “Traviatia,” both of which have famous waltzes. And one of the fun things about opera workshop is that we can incorporate all of the different elements of staging.”

Exceptional Faculty

Emphasis on inventive hands-on learning

Talented, accomplished, and 100% dedicated to you: Our faculty provide the perfect balance of challenge and support for your inspiration. A 10:1 student-faculty ratio means you receive their undivided attention and mentorship.

Explore our Faculty

Thomas Schuttenhelm ‘92 – Music,
Artistic director, Network for New Music, Philadelphia, PA

Alumni Outcomes

Our Alumni have got it figured out.

Music graduates may find employment in public and private studios, as well as in community organizations, and professional musical organizations (chorus, orchestra, etc.) and will expand their professional opportunities as a solo artist as well. other employment opportunities within education. Our music graduates have gone on to pursue advanced study in some of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

Music Department Chair

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