Music

  • Bachelor of Arts

In Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Vermont State University’s B.A. in Music will prepare you for a life-long career as a musician. You’ll spend time in the classroom with small classes and expert faculty — as well as on stage, getting hands-on performance experience. Not only will you explore how melody, harmony, and rhythm come together to make a piece of music, but you will also compose and perform your own pieces on and off campus. You can write and direct your own shows, communicate with designers to create multi-media performances, and work alongside your talented peers to bring your work of art to life.

Why Study Music at Vermont State?

  • Strong training: You will build a strong foundation in music theory, piano, and history while developing instrumental and/or vocal skills. Then you are free to explore your own passion in music, choosing courses that fit your interests and career path.
  • Performance options: You will have numerous opportunities to participate in ensembles. These range from the traditional choral and wind ensembles to spirit band, jazz ensemble, and a student-run a cappella group.
  • Regular performances: Performance is a main component of our program. At the end of each semester, students in our ensembles perform in Casella Theater, a 480+ seat venue.
  • Career opportunities: Groups such as Tim Haufe, Moose Crossing, and Twiddle formed on Vermont State’s campuses. Music B.A. graduates go on to established careers in performance, teaching, and music production as well as other fields. Many alumni have also gone on to pursue advanced degrees in music.

Financial Aid for Music Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in music to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Experiential Learning in Music

At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for music careers through performances, partnerships, co-ops, career coaching, and more.

  • Past and present students have bands and other small ensembles that play at local restaurants and ski areas such as Killington, Pico, and Okemo Mountains.
  • Groups such as Tim Haufe, Moose Crossing, and Twiddle all got their start on Vermont State’s campuses.
  • The University Chorale and Chamber Singers regularly perform with other Vermont college choirs and professional instrumentalists as part of the Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium. Past collaborations include Jose Vitier’s Misa Cubana, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessor, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms.
  • Students have traveled to conferences and performances in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Providence, and Philadelphia to hear outstanding ensembles from around the world.

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 ’14