Bachelor of Music in Music Theory
Music has an architecture all its own. The Music Theory program at Nazareth is an exploration into how music is constructed, its various components, and how its aesthetic principles reflect the culture in which it is created. The program is global in scope, not only exploring the traditional Western canon, but World Music and Jazz as well. The techniques of creating and arranging music, aural theory, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability are all at the core of this exciting program. Students must also be conversant in the history of music, as well as the ability to communicate in written and oral forms.
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. Our goal is to develop musical ambassadors—performers, teachers, and clinicians who bring music to the community through performance and instruction.
- The degree program provides skills that allow students the opportunity to matriculate to graduate programs in music theory, composition, or musicology.
- The Music Senior Experience includes a publicly performed senior recital/project and a written component that reflects upon the integration of music and the liberal arts tradition.
- Applied music study of composition.
- Applied music study of a primary instrument.
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.