Columbia College Chicago

Music

The Music Department offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music. The BA is a liberal arts degree that focuses on music in the context of a broad, interdisciplinary program of collegewide studies, allowing for more elective credits than the BMus, which is a professional degree with intensive focus on music, supported by general studies. A live audition is a great opportunity to meet and perform for your Music program faculty, to learn about performance-level placement, and to be considered for an additional scholarship award.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Composition, BMus

Students must apply and be accepted to this professional degree program, which focuses extensively on modern European-derived compositional techniques, including methods used by avant-garde composers since 1970. You’ll take classes in Composition, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Analysis, Electronic Music and Conducting to deepen and refine your proficiency as a professional musician.

Performance, BMus

Columbia educates performers who embody professional excellence. Students must apply and be accepted to this professional degree program that includes three concentrations: vocal music, instrumental music and jazz studies. Coursework includes theory, history, keyboard, arranging and orchestration, as well as specialized training in performance and music pedagogy.

Concentrations:
Performance, Instrumental Performance, BMus

Students pursuing a BMus in Performance are required to choose from three concentrations. Upon completion of the BMus in Performance with a concentration in Instrumental Performance, students should be able to employ advanced musicianship skills, repertoire and stylistic practice in performance on the primary instrument; compose and arrange music for a variety of instrumental ensembles using a range of compositional techniques; and employ a professional-level understanding of the analytical tools of music in the creation of expressive and coherent performances.

Performance, Jazz Studies, BMus

Students pursuing a BMus in Performance are required to choose from three concentrations. Upon completion of the BMus in Performance with a concentration in Jazz Studies, students should be able to perform and record original compositions and arrangements as the leader of a professional-quality ensemble; demonstrate professional and forward-thinking pedagogical approaches to jazz education suitable to a variety of educational settings; and enact a thorough and flexible business plan that advances professional goals.

Performance, Vocal Performance, BMus

Students pursuing a BMus in Performance are required to choose from three concentrations. Upon successful completion of the BMus in Performance with a concentration in Vocal Performance, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of technical skills, including rhythm, pitch accuracy, phrasing, dynamics, expressive nuances and contemporary improvisational techniques; lead performances with an accompanist or band, and generate professional-quality arrangements and scores for musicians; and demonstrate professional and forward-thinking pedagogical approaches to vocal instruction suitable to a variety of educational settings.

Music, BA

If your goal is a career as a performer, arranger, studio musician or composer, Columbia’s Music BA is your starting point. You’ll discover diverse musical styles and genres. You’ll work closely with faculty advisors to integrate Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum into your coursework, and you’ll be well-positioned for further music studies.

Concentrations:
Music, Contemporary Urban & Popular Music, BA
Music, Composition, BA

Students pursuing a BA in Music are required to choose from five different concentrations. Upon successful completion of the BA in Music with Composition concentration, students should be able to understand compositional systems from different historical periods; write for traditional acoustic instruments in a variety of ensemble settings; and create original music works and performance materials that meet basic professional standards.

Music, Instrumental Performance, BA

Students pursuing a BA in Music are required to choose from five different concentrations. Upon successful completion of the BA in Music with Instrumental Performance concentration, students should be able to master technical skills and stylistic practices for their primary instrument; compose and arrange music for instruments and voices in diverse styles; and use analytical tools of music to create expressive and coherent performances in a range of styles.

Music, Jazz Studies, BA

Students pursuing a BA in Music are required to choose from five different concentrations. Upon successful completion of the BA in Music with Jazz Studies concentration, students should be able to communicate about the harmonic and formal makeup of jazz and apply that knowledge in performance of idiomatic improvised music; demonstrate a high degree of technical proficiency on a primary instrument across a wide repertoire of standard compositions; and discuss the development of jazz in its musical, social and cultural contexts.

Music, Vocal Performance, BA

Students pursuing a BA in Music are required to choose from five different concentrations. Upon successful completion of the BA in Music with Vocal Performance concentration, students should be able to demonstrate proper vocal technique while displaying all aspects of good stage presence and awareness of ensemble musicians and audience; apply theoretical knowledge and musicianship skills with accurately written musical indications while developing a diversified repertoire of appropriate keys for range, ability and style; and effectively communicate musical ideas to accompanying musicians across this diverse repertoire.

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