Bachelor of Music - With Concentration in Performance
As a music performance major at Rhode Island College, you will belong to one or more highly polished performing ensembles where rigorous musical standards are combined with musical understanding of the literature performed. You will learn about the historical and cultural contexts of musical masterworks. You will apply your growing knowledge of music theory to the literature you perform. And you will study with some of the finest performer/teachers in New England.
Our faculty members appear regularly as soloists and chamber musicians throughout the region, and many are members of the elite professional ensembles in the area, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Many of our ensembles have achieved national recognition through touring and appearances at conventions of the MENC and ACDA, as well as in the major cities on the east coast, Canada, Italy, and Ireland. Ensembles have appeared in collaborative performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and in Carnegie Hall, NYC.
- The Music Performance curriculum is highly respected for its hands-on, practical approach to the art of making music.
- Private applied lessons are taught by members of our performing faculty, who impart technique and wisdom based on their own professional experiences.
- Low student-to-teacher ratio in all music classes allows for one-on-one learning and the development of close, professional mentoring relationships between students and faculty.
- Performance opportunities abound for undergraduate music performance students at RIC in a variety of settings: solo, chamber, and large ensembles.
Professional Job Placement
Our Performance majors fare exceedingly well in the professional job market. Many have gone on to play professionally in leading symphony orchestras, sing in major opera houses, and serve as conductors and administrators with leading musical organizations in the country. Others have gone on to serve as faculty members in colleges and universities. Many have gained admission to some of the best graduate schools and succeeded in their pursuit of advanced degrees.
|Course No.||Course Title||Credits|
|MUS 230||Music Theory I||3|
|MUS 232||Music Theory II||3|
|MUS 234||Music Theory III||3|
|MUS 236||Music Theory IV||3|
|MUS 305||Form and Analysis||3|
|One Course from|
|MUS 458||Twentieth-Century Theory||3|
Sight Singing and Ear Training
|MUS 113||Basic Rhythm||1|
|MUS 231||Sight Singing and Ear Training I||1|
|MUS 233||Sight Singing and Ear Training II||1|
|MUS 235||Sight Singing and Ear Training III||1|
|MUS 237||Sight Singing and Ear Training IV||1|
Music History and Literature
|MUS 205||Music History and Literature I||3|
|MUS 206||Music History and Literature II||3|
|MUS 360||Seminar in Music Literature||2|
|Two courses from|
|MUS 310||Medieval and Renaissance Music||3|
|MUS 311||Music of the Baroque||3|
|MUS 312||Music of the Classical Era||3|
|MUS 313||Music of the Romantic Period||3|
|MUS 314||Twentieth-Century Music||3|
|MUS 104||Class Piano I||2|
|MUS 105||Class Piano II||2|
|MUS 308||Fundamentals of Conducting||2|
|Note:(1) All students are required to take Music 169.|
(2) MUS 210 and MUS 211 are required for voice majors.
|MUS 391||Junior Recital||0|
|MUS 493||Senior Recital-Music Performance Majors||0|
|Eight Semesters of each of the following groups|
|MUS 091||Student Recital Series||0|
|MUS 161–163||Large Ensembles||4|
|MUS 370–388||Applied Music||24|
|Note: Students must pass Freshman Applied Music Proficiency upon completion of the first semester of Applied Music.|
|Four credit hours from|
|MUS 164-166||Chamber Ensembles||1|
|MUS 210||Language Orientation I||2|
|MUS 211||Language Orientation II||2|
|MUS 268||Opera Workshop||2|
Total Credit Hours