The music major offers world-class training in music theory and performance within Boston College's distinctive liberal arts framework. Students encounter historical, theoretical, cultural, ethnographic, and performance perspectives on music, preparing for a wide range of careers.
semesters of ensemble performance and/or private lessons
Through a combination of coursework, ensemble performance, and individual instruction in voice or an instrument, music majors acquire a robust base of knowledge in music theory, history, performance, ethnography, and culture. They also gain higher-level knowledge in a particular area of music through their choice of one of four specializations:
- Music History
- Cultural Studies
The music major requires a minimum of 12 courses (38 credits), to be taken across the following categories.
Recommended Course of Study
Prospective music majors should reference the Recommended Course of Study listed below. Students with advanced musical backgrounds and interests should speak to the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine placement in appropriate upper-level courses.
The Music Department also offers several courses that fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in Arts and Cultural Diversity, designed for the non-musician as well as the student who has studied music.