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Bachelor of Arts


Program of Study

General Program BA

Hands-on learning is at the heart of the music program, whether through coursework or performance. As a performer, you can participate in orchestra, chamber ensembles, choral groups, percussion ensemble or a variety of bands. All students can take advantage of facilities including practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, the department library, multimedia studio, and two concert halls.

  • Theory I-IV
  • Introduction to Music; Music History; Research Seminar
  • Aural Skills; Keyboard Harmony
  • 3 upper-level electives
  • 2 semesters of ensemble. Choose from:
    • University-Community Chorale 
    • University Chamber Singers
    • University-Community Symphony Orchestra
    • University-Community Symphonic Band
    • Marching and Pep Band
    • University-Community Jazz Ensemble
    • University Percussion Ensemble
    • Chamber Ensembles
Departmental Programs

Select a concentration for your degree beyond the General Program to specialize in your area of interest. Careers in music can take many different shapes, and you will be able to focus your education in a defined area, whether vocal or instrumental performance, composition, theory, or musicology/ethnomusicology. Admission to these programs requires permission from the appropriate faculty advisor.


All concentrations require completion of the General Program, plus additional credits as indicated below.

Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, or Theory

18 credits to include:

  • 15 (5 courses) at the 300 and 400 levels in courses appropriate to the concentration and approved by the departmental advisor
  • 3 semesters in ensemble beyond the General Program (5 total)
Instrumental Performance

18 credits to include:

  • 4 semesters (12 credits) of Major Performance Study (lessons)
  • 3 semesters in ensemble beyond the General Program (5 total)
  • 3 credits as advised
Voice Performance

Minimum 21 credits to include:

  • 4 semesters (12 credits) of Major Performance Study (lessons)
  • 1 semester of Acting or Movement
  • 1 semester of European language study (beyond the General Education requirement)
  • 3 semesters in University-Community Chorale or University Chamber Singers
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Music degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Paths

The bachelor's in music program prepares you for a career path like:

  • Performance
  • Teaching
  • Arts Administration
  • Music Industry

Graduates work in non-profit and commercial settings that include choral organizations, churches, opera houses, orchestra management, recording studios, and educational institutions of all levels.

You can also embark on graduate study after earning a bachelor's to pursue a professional career in music.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts

Unless otherwise indicated, these objectives apply to the General (36 credit) music major. Each objective pertains to a different aspect of the curriculum (i.e., theory, history/musicology, performance, composition).

  • Demonstrate fluency in reading and writing musical notation and analyzing the formal structure and technical language of composition.
  • Be able to identify the major composers and repertory of each style period in European music history and to discuss the cultural and political context of each era.
  • Acquire specific knowledge of music as a form of artistic and cultural expression through examination of diverse repertories (i.e., beyond European art music).
  • Demonstrate basic performance skills at the keyboard, sight-singing, and in ensemble. Departmental concentrators apply the technical and interpretive skills necessary for effective solo performance on an instrument or voice.
  • Apply skills learned to independent creative projects demonstrating interpretive techniques and individual expression.

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A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

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