The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program is not open for enrollment and will be discontinued with the Class of 2025. Please read the Statement on the Future of the Anna Maria College Music Programs.
Course Of Study
The Music program is not open for enrollment and will be discontinued with the Class of 2025.
The music programs at Anna Maria College foster a community of musicians by developing students’ proficiency in music skills, building their academic knowledge of music and by cultivating professional attitudes toward musicianship. All music majors develop a shared set of skills and knowledge through the Music Core, which includes training in piano proficiency, ear training, music theory and the history of music. Students also study and perform on their major instrument through individual studio instruction and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. The chief goal of music study at Anna Maria College is the development of sensitivity, intellectual background, and technical dexterity in order to realize to the greatest extent possible each student’s potential for self-expression and communication through music.
Concurrent study of the liberal arts provides a context for the student’s professional development. It broadens and deepens the learning experience and enhances growth in knowledge, understanding and appreciation of self, others and the world. The Department of Music is small enough to foster close contacts, yet large enough to offer academic versatility and physical facilities.
Non-music majors who have the requisite musical background are invited to participate in performing ensembles. Non-music majors may also enroll in private lessons and other music specific courses. The Worcester community offers varied musical experiences for all students. Besides numerous concerts that take place on the Anna Maria College campus, there are many other musical events including the Worcester County Music Association’s Music Festival, the Community Concert Series, concerts at the Worcester Art Museum, and individual concerts and performances at various other locations, including Mechanics Hall and the DCU Center.
The vocal performance minor serves to enhance the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree by providing students a more specialized skillset in vocal performance, allowing students to foray into becoming a professional singer, voice teacher or music director and providing the resources and skills to be successful.
Program requirements include all courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Music plus the following 18 credits:
MUS 120 Opera Workshop (1, 1, 1, 1)
MUS 310 Diction I (1)
MUS 311 Diction II (1)
MUS 329 Voice Pedagogy I (3)
MUS 330 Voice Pedagogy II (3)
MUS 332 Survey of Vocal Literature (3)
MUS 350 Entrepreneurial Music Educator (3)
Total Credits: 18
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts in the Music Degree Program, students will gain:
- Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, texture and style.
- Identify and describe compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
- Survey a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
- Perform at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of the degree program being followed.
- Demonstrate knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of music beyond basic musicianship appropriate to the individual’s needs and interests, and consistent with the purposes of the specific degree program being followed.
Anna Maria College is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and all music degree programs have been approved by this association for over 30 years. The music therapy program prepares students for Music Therapy Board Certification and is fully accredited by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). It is one of only two accredited undergraduate music therapy programs in the New England region. Graduates of this Program are eligible to sit for the board examination administered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists to receive their MTBC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) credential. Teacher licensure programs in music (all levels) are endorsed and accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education (MADOE).