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2018-2019

Music

School of the Arts

 
Program description

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music is designed for students who want a degree that combines a breadth of general studies with a major in music. Included are courses in basic theory, aural skills, applied performance, music history and foreign language, as well as music and open electives.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program prepares students for wide variety of professional and entrepreneurial careers in music or interdisciplinary fields as well as post-graduate study in an area of chosen specialization. VCU Music graduates utilize their skills and musical knowledge in various fields including music publishing, music criticism, arts administration, performance, teaching, songwriting, film scoring, arranging, conducting, music therapy, concert management and promotion, audio consulting, and media production.

Change of major requirements

Audition required. Student must submit application to VCUarts Admissions.

http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/



Bachelor-level job titles
  • Market Research Analyst in Music Industry
  • Music Director
  • Music Editor
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Program Coordinator
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Showroom Coordinator
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0
Department name:
Department of Music
Building/room location:
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Room 134
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1166
Email:
music@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Register for practice room access and discuss effective practice strategies with your faculty.
  • Engage deeply in master classes and workshops.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience 
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Audition for ensembles and attend VCU Music concerts and events each semester.
  • Register to vote in Virginia and explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events!
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs
  • Get involved with VCU Student Government or one of over 450 clubs and organizations.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.
  • Connect with international artists and programs through VCU Music guest artists and faculty.
  • Join a living-learning program such as VCU Globe
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore The Vault to learn about employers/ job titles related to your field.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic advisor.
  • Use VCU Lynda to enhance skills in digital literacy, marketing and project management.
  • Visit The Well, The Money Spot, and use tools like What Does it Cost to Be You to learn and practice independent living skills.
  • Tour the library and meet with your librarian to enhance research skills and access resources.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests and strategies for success.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss electives in music or other area of interest such as Creative Entrepreneurship or Advanced Media Production Technology and to review any minors, certificate programs, or double majors you are considering.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Join a professional organization in your field such as MTNA, ACDA, NATS, ASTA, or JEN.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA) 
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities or apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Expand your knowledge of non-European musical cultures and practices in MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles.
  • Research semester or summer Study Abroad opportunities such as International Chamber Music: Colombia.
  • Apply for a Dean’s International Study Grant.
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and come to Career Services to have it reviewed.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and career events throughout the year to explore your interests.
  • Seek out volunteer and work study opportunities related to music.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Engage with guest artists. Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in your field.
  • Develop professional performance skills through lessons, theory and aural skills, and ensembles.
  • Apply for scholarships to participate in summer music festivals or other summer opportunities.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation. 

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your advisor to select elective courses that fulfill individual goals and learning objects in developing musicianship, entrepreneurial skills, and interdisciplinary interests.
  • Complete a foreign language through the 102 level.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Consider taking a service-learning course such as Music and Social Justice. 
  • Volunteer to assist with VCU Music events. Seek opportunities to perform and connect with professional musicians and VCU alumni.
  • Attend civic meetings: school board, city council, or state legislative sessions
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs events.
  • Practice and improve your language skills in CLC conversation groups. If pursuing, complete your semester study abroad.
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office.  
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Develop a research project and apply for a Music Department grant and/or an Undergraduate Research Grant.
  • Discuss research interests with faculty and consider developing an independent study proposal.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a business plan for freelance work and meet with a Money Coach at The Money Spot.
  • Talk to your academic advisor, faculty, and/or career services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation.
  • Create a professional website and use social media to connect with audiences and other musicians.
  • Update your “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic advisor

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. Apply to graduate in eServices during your final semester.
  • Complete capstone experience integrating resume preparation and professional development within the field of music in APPM 492: Senior Project: Portfolio Review.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Invent ways to bridge multidisciplinary interests or research through community-based projects.
  • Serve in a leadership role in a student or local organization.
  • Attend professional organization conferences such as MTNA, ACDA, NATS, ASTA, or JEN and participate in mentorship programs.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Analyze music in different cultural contexts through courses such as Music History I & II, Jazz History, and Music of the African Continent and Diaspora.
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America and City Year. 
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Learn about relevant topics such as copyright, business organization, music production, management, recording, freelancing, grants, and careers allied with music in MHIS 380: Survey of the Music Industry.
  • Engage in Cross-disciplinary Arts or other courses that integrate project-based and collaborative learning.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Develop connections with musicians, businesses, and organizations in your field. Apply for an internship through the Music Department and a VCUarts internship grant.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Music

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Register for practice room access and discuss effective practice strategies with your faculty.
  • Engage deeply in master classes and workshops
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience 
  • Explore The Vault to learn about employers/ job titles related to your field.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic advisor.
  • Use VCU Lynda to enhance skills in digital literacy, marketing and project management.
  • Visit The Well, The Money Spot, and use tools like What Does it Cost to Be You to learn and practice independent living skills.
  • Tour the library and meet with your librarian to enhance research skills and access resources.
Experience Year 2
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests and strategies for success.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss electives in music or other area of interest such as Creative Entrepreneurship or Advanced Media Production Technology and to review any minors, certificate programs, or double majors you are considering.
  • Expand your knowledge of non-European musical cultures and practices in MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles.
  • Research semester or summer Study Abroad opportunities such as International Chamber Music: Colombia.
  • Apply for a Dean’s International Study Grant.
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week
  • Engage with guest artists. Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in your field.
  • Develop professional performance skills through lessons, theory and aural skills, and ensembles.
  • Apply for scholarships to participate in summer music festivals or other summer opportunities.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation. 
Year 3
  • Meet with your advisor to select elective courses that fulfill individual goals and learning objects in developing musicianship, entrepreneurial skills, and interdisciplinary interests.
  • Complete a foreign language through the 102 level.
  • Develop a research project and apply for a Music Department grant and/or an Undergraduate Research Grant
  • Discuss research interests with faculty and consider developing an independent study proposal.
  • Make a business plan for freelance work and meet with a Money Coach at The Money Spot
  • Talk to your academic advisor, faculty, and/or career services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation.
  • Create a professional website and use social media to connect with audiences and other musicians
  • Update your “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic advisor
Excel Year 4
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. Apply to graduate in eServices during your final semester.
  • Complete capstone experience integrating resume preparation and professional development within the field of music in APPM 492: Senior Project: Portfolio Review.
  • Invent ways to bridge multidisciplinary interests or research through community-based projects.
  • Serve in a leadership role in a student or local organization.
  • Attend professional organization conferences such as MTNA, ACDA, NATS, ASTA, or JEN and participate in mentorship programs.
  • Learn about relevant topics such as copyright, business organization, music production, management, recording, freelancing, grants, and careers allied with music in MHIS 380: Survey of the Music Industry.
  • Engage in Cross-disciplinary Arts or other courses that integrate project-based and collaborative learning.
  • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your personal statement or cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview at VCU Career Services. 
  • Develop connections with musicians, businesses, and organizations in your field. Apply for an internship through the Music Department and a VCUarts internship grant.