Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music

The primary emphasis of the Bachelor of Music degree is on development of the skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to the life of the professional musician. At the center of the instructional program for this degree are courses in performance (such as applied lessons, masterclasses, and ensembles); musicianship skills and analysis (music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, and conducting); and history and repertoire.

Please visit Areas of Study for further details about each of our Areas of Study within the Bachelor of Music degree program.

More information about the requirements for the B.M. is also available in the VCU Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The 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 a rich array of music electives. The degree offers students an opportunity to customize their curriculum to explore fields such as music therapy, media production, music business, music history and literature, or theory and composition.

Through the rich resources of the university, such as the Center for the Creative Economy, the Da Vinci Center for Innovation and Product Design, the nationally recognized VCU Health System, and a comprehensive College of Humanities and Sciences, VCU Music students have incorporated into their educational plans significant coursework in such diverse fields as business, medicine, law, psychology, and anthropology.

More information about the requirements for the B.A. is available in the VCU Bulletin.


Any VCU student may declare a minor in music with approval from the Department of Music. The music minor is comprised of 18 credits distributed among the areas of music history and theory, ensemble performance, private lessons and music electives. A music faculty adviser counsels every student about the selection of appropriate courses based on the student’s competence and interest. More information about the requirements for the music minor is available in the VCU Bulletin.

Master of Music

The M.M. is offered with a track in music education. The curriculum is presented as a three-summer program and has the flexibility to meet the needs of students intending careers as teaching practitioners or researchers. Students create a final project as part of the curriculum requirements.

More information about the requirements for the M.M is available at our Graduate Program pages on this site and in the VCU Bulletin.