Skip to header Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer

Major Maps

Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Music

School of the Arts

 
Program description

The Bachelor of Arts 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 music and open electives. This degree is designed for students who want to build a strong foundation of musical knowledge and skill while also having the flexibility to create their own unique curricular path. This program is ideal for students who want to major in music, but are also interested in minoring or double majoring in other programs.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Music prepares students for a wide variety of professional and entrepreneurial careers in music or interdisciplinary fields as well as post-graduate study in an area of chosen specialization. VCU Music graduates utilize their skills and musical knowledge in various fields including music publishing, music criticism, arts administration, performance, teaching, songwriting, film scoring, arranging, conducting, music therapy, concert management and promotion, audio consulting, and media production.

Change of major requirements

An audition and application are prerequisites to the change of major process. Prospective students are required to schedule an audition here and submit their application here.


Typical application deadlines are November 1 (for spring applicants) and April 1 (for fall applicants).


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Community Music Director
  • Market Research Analyst in Music Industry
  • Music Editor
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Program Coordinator
  • Musician
  • Private Lessons Instructor
  • Recording Artist
  • Showroom Coordinator
  • Venue Event Coordinator
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Composer
  • Conductor/Music Director
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0
Department name:
Department of Music
Building/room location:
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Room 134
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1166
Email:
music@vcu.edu

Major map compass icon [View Image]
Major map

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • If you want to study abroad, talk to your advisor about what semester will be best and how to adjust your curriculum to make that happen.
  • Connect with international artists and programs in VCU Music master classes led by guest artists and faculty performers.
  • Join RAMmalogues to talk with peers about social identities in the context of acceptance, belonging, and inclusion in life at VCU.
  • Check out the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and follow @vcuomsa.
  • Connect with the Global Education Office to explore leadership and intercultural communication skill-building programs like the Peace Corps Prep Certificate.
  • Visit a study abroad fair and complete Rams Abroad 101.
  • Explore funding for international opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Talk to your professors about your research interests and consider planning a future independent study in one of your interest areas.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Apply for scholarships to participate in summer music festivals or other summer opportunities.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Look for collaborative opportunities with your fellow undergrads like composing for a cinema major’s short film or working with an engineering student on a music-related project.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Develop professional performance skills through lessons, theory and aural skills, and ensembles.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Complete a foreign language through the 102-level.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • As one of your music electives, consider participating in an ensemble outside of your primary area like an African drumming ensemble.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Use VCU Libraries' World Music databases to find music from around the world to inform your professional practice.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Ask your professors for advice on choosing a graduate program and start scheduling visits to conservatories on your shortlist.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
  • Develop a research project and apply for an Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grant.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Create a professional website or social media channel to showcase your performances or compositions and connect with other musicians.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete your capstone experience in APPM 492 where you will prepare your resume, website, and repertoire list.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Find ways to bridge multidisciplinary interests or research through community-based projects.
  • Meet and perform with internationally recognized artists through VCU Music concerts and master classes.
  • Serve in a leadership role on campus in a local community organization.
  • Apply for post-graduation programs like Peace Corps, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
  • Attend professional association conferences that offer student rates or scholarships.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Analyze music in different cultural contexts through courses such as Jazz History, History of Hip-Hop, or American Folk Music.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Learn about relevant topics such as copyright, business organization, music production, management, recording, freelancing, grants, and music careers in MHIS 380 Survey of the Music Industry.
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Seek out opportunities to teach private lessons on your instrument or play in pit orchestras, recording ensembles, etc. to build your skills and resume.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Apply for an internship through the Music Department.
  • Develop connections with musicians, businesses, and organizations in your field.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Music

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • If you want to study abroad, talk to your advisor about what semester will be best and how to adjust your curriculum to make that happen.
  • Connect with international artists and programs in VCU Music master classes led by guest artists and faculty performers.
  • Join RAMmalogues to talk with peers about social identities in the context of acceptance, belonging, and inclusion in life at VCU.
  • Check out the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and follow @vcuomsa.
  • Connect with the Global Education Office to explore leadership and intercultural communication skill-building programs like the Peace Corps Prep Certificate.
  • Visit a study abroad fair and complete Rams Abroad 101.
  • Explore funding for international opportunities.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Talk to your professors about your research interests and consider planning a future independent study in one of your interest areas.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Apply for scholarships to participate in summer music festivals or other summer opportunities.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Look for collaborative opportunities with your fellow undergrads like composing for a cinema major’s short film or working with an engineering student on a music-related project.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
  • Develop professional performance skills through lessons, theory and aural skills, and ensembles.
Year 3
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Complete a foreign language through the 102-level.
  • As one of your music electives, consider participating in an ensemble outside of your primary area like an African drumming ensemble.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Use VCU Libraries' World Music databases to find music from around the world to inform your professional practice.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Ask your professors for advice on choosing a graduate program and start scheduling visits to conservatories on your shortlist.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
  • Develop a research project and apply for an Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grant.
  • Create a professional website or social media channel to showcase your performances or compositions and connect with other musicians.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Complete your capstone experience in APPM 492 where you will prepare your resume, website, and repertoire list.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Find ways to bridge multidisciplinary interests or research through community-based projects.
  • Meet and perform with internationally recognized artists through VCU Music concerts and master classes.
  • Serve in a leadership role on campus in a local community organization.
  • Apply for post-graduation programs like Peace Corps, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
  • Attend professional association conferences that offer student rates or scholarships.
  • Analyze music in different cultural contexts through courses such as Jazz History, History of Hip-Hop, or American Folk Music.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
  • Learn about relevant topics such as copyright, business organization, music production, management, recording, freelancing, grants, and music careers in MHIS 380 Survey of the Music Industry.
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Seek out opportunities to teach private lessons on your instrument or play in pit orchestras, recording ensembles, etc. to build your skills and resume.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
  • Apply for an internship through the Music Department.
  • Develop connections with musicians, businesses, and organizations in your field.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
View graphic versionView graphic version