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About the department

Students in the VCUarts Department of Music pursue studies as music educators, instrumental and vocal soloists, opera singers, chamber musicians and more. VCUarts Music has outstanding opportunities for you whether you want to refine your abilities on a specific instrument, learn the best techniques for teaching tomorrow’s musicians, collaborate with other skilled chamber or jazz musicians, or make music a foundation for other career goals.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance

Expand performance and entrepreneurial skills, and develop public performance practice while preparing to enter the competitive music performance career marketplace.

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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Develop teaching skills and techniques in preparation for a career as a certified music educator in either choral or instrumental music classrooms in Virginia.

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Combine substantial study of music with another field in preparation for interdisciplinary careers such as music production, music business, arts management, and more.

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Music Minor

Any VCU student can continue to broaden their knowledge and skills in music while studying another field.

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The faculty of the Department of Music are made up of internationally-recognized performers, composers, scholars and directors.


Explore our VCUarts Music ensembles.

Student and faculty ensembles are made up of musicians from several musical styles and disciplines. They perform on campus, and at local and national venues.


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