Music

Reach the Height of Performance with a Music Degree at Northern Vermont University 

Students in our bachelor of arts music program have the advantages of small classes, one-on-one faculty attention, and excellent performance facilities. With opportunities to perform early on, you’ll gain the technical and artistic skills you need to make your impact while you’re here and after you graduate. Students who want to be in the program must audition.

As a music student at NVU-Johnson, you’ll receive a well-rounded education to prepare you with marketable skills. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll take courses in music theory, orchestration and arranging, ear training, sight reading, and music history — and everyone sings and plays the piano to put theory into practice. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in music technology and learn about notation, recording, and editing.

To help you find your direction, we offer concentrations in music composition, instrumental performance, vocal performance, and the self-designed creative pathways. Some concentrations require a senior recital, but you can perform a recital whichever track you pursue.

Collaboration Runs Deep in Everything We Do

As you compose, improvise, and develop your instrument, you’ll gain valuable experience playing for an audience of your peers at Friday performance labs, where students encourage each other’s progress. In master performance labs, supportive faculty will give feedback to guide you in building your skills and preparing for your career.

Our program emphasizes creativity, innovative thinking, and adaptability, and our students succeed in a variety of related careers, including composing, conducting, performing, and teaching.

Music Minor

Students at both the NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon campuses can also minor in music.