Programs of Study
The College currently offers two degrees for music majors: the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music. The Bachelor of Arts allows more general studies than the Bachelor of Music. The Bachelor of Arts is the preferred degree for students wishing to double major, while the Bachelor of Music degree is for students who wish for more comprehensive musical studies. This is the required degree for students wishing to earn Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certification. The Music Department offers the following programs within the Bachelor of Music degree: music education, performance (instrumental, vocal, jazz), and composition.
Bachelor of Music Programs (B.Mus.)
Music Education | Performance or Composition | Sacred Music
Bachelor of Arts Programs (B.A.)
Music | Pre-Music Therapy | Technology and Audio Recording
The Minor | The Interdepartmental Major
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Music Ed.
Our curriculum and department strive to affirm the development of the whole student-intellectually, physically, emotionally, and ethically. This goal is learning-centered rather than teaching-centered. Thus, each student will:
- demonstrate competency with fundamental musicianship skills, including sight-singing; solfège; rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation
- demonstrate proficiency in Western music theory, including standard principles of voice leading and part writing in diatonic and chromatic harmony and contemporary idioms.
- demonstrate an understanding of the major historical styles, epochs, and composers of Western music, from antiquity to the present
- demonstrate growth as performers in both solo and ensemble situations
- demonstrate an ability to improvise using a given set of parameters
- demonstrate an understanding of the music from outside traditional Western studies and styles, and to draw connections to Western music
- demonstrate an ability to write and speak intelligently about music
- demonstrate an ability to synthesize various aspects of music study (theory, history, musicianship, performance) in both academic and performance venues, thereby demonstrating critical thinking and maturing into well-rounded performing musicians
- develop the capacity to evolve into self-sufficient and life-long learners in musical studies
For more information, contact the Music Department at (610) 861-1650 or the Moravian College Admissions Department at (610) 861-1320.