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Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music History)

The music history program explores the genres, historical themes, and influences on music, musicians, composers, and musical trends throughout the  ages. Our program provides students with a foundation in history, repertoire, scholarly literature, and methodologies of Western music, as well as an introduction to non-Western musical traditions. The curriculum is designed to develop an ability to think critically, reason clearly, and to write about music within the context of the Liberal Arts tradition.

A degree in Music from Nazareth College not only prepares students to be accomplished musicians, it immerses them in a the study of music from multiple perspectives. The goal is to develop musical ambassadors—performers, teachers, and clinicians who bring music to the community through performance, scholarship, and/or instruction.

Program Highlights

  • The degree program prepares the student for further study in music history or musicology at the graduate level.
  • Students study a primary, applied instrument during each semester of the program.
  • Study abroad opportunities are available.
  • Internships opportunities can be a part of the program of study. Previous students at Nazareth have worked as interns in the Sibley Library as well as a completing a summer internship at Interlochen.

Music History and Music Theory Concentrations

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Music programs – Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Performance – and the Bachelor of Arts in Music may elect a concentration in music history or music theory. The nine credits required for the concentrations are in addition to the three upper-division music history and music theory courses essential to all Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs.

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