Music, BA

Central to Performing Your Passion.

Central’s BA in Music prepares musicians for careers as educators, performers, composers, scholars, and music specialists. Students cultivate artistic leadership skills in their chosen fields. Fostering a lifelong connection and involvement with the art of music, the program is designed to develop aesthetically sensitive musicians with the strong intellectual foundation of a broad liberal arts education.

Music students and faculty contribute to the musical life of the campus and the community through performances on and off campus.

Program Features

  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes are on-campus
  • Small class sizes
  • Our Music Microcomputer Lab is unique in the Northeast area
  • Distinguished Music Technology coursework
  • Numerous performance opportunities in larger ensembles Band, Jazz Band, Chorale, University Singers, and the new Vocal Jazz
  • Students can participate in chamber groups that range from Flute Ensemble to iPad Ensemble
  • Faculty are actively engaged in performance and scholarship: our students work with professional performers in all areas and instruments
  • Merit scholarships available through the audition process
  • Financial aid available
  • Free on-campus child care available

Program Options

The BA in Music offers 6 different tracks (based on 42 core music credits and an 18 credit concentration):

  • Performance
  • Music Theory/Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Flexible Music Concentration
  • Music with an External Minor



Central’s Bachelor’s in Music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

What kept me in Central was the academic rigor...they laid the foundation for me as a musician and made me a strong musician that I am today. I am also grateful for the connections that I was able to make at Central both with students and faculty. Anyone Thinking about Central...I can’t encourage you enough, at Central that music faculty will make sure that all of you is seen and will do everything in their power to make sure that they do give the best education you can get.

Marques Ruff
BA Performance graduate and former member in Chanticleer

Did You Know?

Since the first day of classes in 1849, Central (then called “Connecticut Normal School”) has been offering music courses and ensembles.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competence in musicianship, to include: aural skills (e.g., sight-reading, sight-singing, dictation, and conducting) and basic keyboard skills
  2. Demonstrate competence in musicianship, to include: knowledge and application of music theory concepts and practices (e.g., score reading, analysis, basic composition, and writing about music)
  3. Demonstrate competence in musical performance on his/her primary instrument, with particular emphasis on technical precision
  4. Demonstrate competence in basic piano playing skills
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in large and small ensemble settings that result in performances or final projects
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in and exposure to a wide variety of professional-level music technology hardware and software
  7. Demonstrate effective synthesis of music comprehension, academic writing, and spoken communication.