Music, B.A.

In the Music B.A. program at Vermont State, you’ll build a foundation in music skills, knowledge, and performance to bring your talents — and your career — to life. By choosing a general concentration or a performance concentration, you can tailor our music program to fit your goals. Whether you were born to perform or teach or have another interest in music, we’ll support you in your dreams to make an impact on the world.

Our small classes make it easy to get individual attention from professors and to get to know your peers. You’ll have many opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musicians in a program that provides freedom to explore, innovate, and improvise. As you pursue an art without boundaries, you’ll develop skills to succeed in the music jobs that interest you.

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Sherrill Blodget

Program Coordinator of Music


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Why Study Music at Vermont State?

  • Solid Training: A strong foundation is important, and you’ll get that in our music major, with theory, piano, and history classes as you develop skills with instrumentation, vocals, or both.     
  • Music Performance Options: You’ll have many opportunities to participate in ensembles, from traditional choirs and wind symphony to a cappella and jazz groups.   
  • Collaboration Opportunities: Our program offers varied ways for you to work closely and share ideas with peers. You’ll collaborate with Music and Theater Arts students and may choose to participate in Musical Theater classes and productions.      
  • Success After Graduation: Our Music graduates excel in a range of careers: performance, studio teaching, technical music production, community ensemble directing, church music positions, college and high school teaching, and non-music fields. Some also pursue graduate school.  

Concentrations in Music

Students in this program choose a concentration to combine with their foundational classes.

  • Music General
  • Music Performance

To apply, please select Music from the list on the application. You will have opportunity to identify your concentration interest after you apply.

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Sample Courses

  • ​​​Performance Lab 
  • Exploring Careers in Music 
  • World Music Cultures 
  • Senior Recital  
  • Foundations of Music Teaching 

Student Stories

A young woman with long curly hair and glasses wears a black dress and smiles at the camera with her hands on her hips looking over her shoulder.

“Between the community service, community involvement, emphasis on education, and promoting the arts programs, there were so many opportunities for students to succeed.”

Jessica Pierpoint
A woman in a cheerleading uniform leans back clutching a trumpet to her mouth in a stadium.

“I am excited to become a teacher, so I can hopefully inspire the next generation to work hard and pursue their dreams as well.  ”

Carley Patch

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