Contemporary, Jazz, and Popular music (BMus)

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The Contemporary, Jazz, and Popular Music BMus degree focuses on the creation, performance, recording, and marketing of original music and standard repertoire. The degree covers instrumental and vocal performance areas and a broad range of musical genres and styles. You’ll take a comprehensive sequence of advanced coursework, including project-based classes focused on collaborative writing, recording, and performing. You’ll learn how to use music production software and gain practical studio skills, mastering multitrack recording as well as acoustic and digital music creation. You’ll also complete ensemble requirements and take private lessons, which are taught by our faculty of professional musicians.

Throughout the program, you'll have opportunities to build a professional portfolio with the guidance of the Career Center and Music Department faculty. By your last year, you will have completed a professionally presentable series of recordings and promotional materials from your collaborative projects. During your last semester, you will develop and express your singular artistic vision through a senior recital project.

No matter your performance interests, you’ll prepare to make your mark as a 21st-century musician by learning to create and assess music and by exploring your interests across a variety of contemporary, urban, and popular genres.