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Areas of Concentration - Bachelor of Music Degree

All undergraduate music majors pursue a common core of course work in theory, aural skills, and history, receive private voice or instrumental lessons, and perform in an appropriate large ensemble. Music majors choose an area of concentration which requires specific courses for graduation.  For those pursuing the Bachelor of Music (BM), they may choose Performance, Jazz Studies, Music History, Composition or Music Education.  The Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) is a more general course of study, which now allows tracks in Performance, Jazz Studies, Music History or Music Theory. The Music Minor is focused on performance.

Most undergraduate music degree programs, including the minor, require an audition for admission, with the exception of the new BA tracks in Music History and Music Theory. Some concentrations require additional supporting materials.

For specific course requirements for each Bachelor of Music area of concentration, please see the Bachelor of Music page, or contact the appropriate Area of Concentration Program Director.

Areas of Concentration with Coordinators:

Jazz and African-American Music Studies: Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes,, 413-545-6046

Music Education: Professor Lisa Lehmberg,

Music History: Professor Erinn Knyt,, 413-545-1247

Undergraduate Admissions Requirement: In addition to successfully auditioning for a applied lesson studio, undergraduate applicants for Music History are asked to submit one or two samples of academic writing (5+ pages each) on a musical topic.

Performance: Contact the appropriate instrumental or voice professor (See Music Faculty and sort by your specialization, e.g. strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice)

Theory/Composition: Theory: Prof. Jason Hooper
Composition: Prof. Salvatore Macchia,
Click for Composition Admissions Requirements (pdf file)
Theory and Composition may be combined for a more comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree, or students may focus on one or the other.

If you have any general questions about the program, please contact the Director of Music Admissions:

Director of Admissions/Recruiting, Nathaniel Gowen
(413) 545-6048
Fine Arts Center Room 263A
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9300