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Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #901 (ARWU) New York City, NY, United States
Music at Union College is a rich and compelling amalgam of many things, including faculty who are practicing musicians and composers as well as dedicated teachers and scholars; diverse course offerings and ensembles; a creative and close-knit learning environment; and opportunities for collaboration and personal exploration.
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Overview

Our integrated curriculum explores music theory, composition, music history, jazz and world music, with theory courses taught by composers.

At Union College, you will be encouraged to use your newly acquired theoretical knowledge in compositions of your own almost from the start. In addition to a full major and an interdepartmental major, students may pursue a minor, including one in World Musics and Cultures.

Most courses are open to the general student body, regardless of their major, and students may also enroll in private vocal and instrumentation instruction.

Other Learning Opportunities

  • Field trips to Tanglewood, Broadway, concert halls and other venues enhance classroom analysis and discussions. Students are also exposed to diverse perspectives through lectures, performances, recitals and workshops by visiting musicians. There are many faculty-led music groups eager for your participation, including jazz, choral and orchestral groups, a taiko ensemble, an early music ensemble, the Camerata Singers and several a cappella groups.
  • Students of music also will find enriching learning opportunities abroad. The Union winter break mini-term on the Indonesian island of Bali features, among other things, daily group instruction with master performers in gamelan (Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instrumental and Vocal Lessons
  • Union College Japanese Drumming Ensemble
  • Union College Chorale
  • Union College Jazz Ensemble
  • Union College Camerata Singers
  • Union College and Community Orchestra

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Apply online using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • Union is SAT/ACT optional 
  • TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese and Vietnamese citizens and are recommended for all applicants.
  • CSS Profile and Financial Forms are required for all those applying for need-based financial aid.
  • Other requirements: Essay (part of the online application), Official Secondary School Transcripts/Exam Scores, Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Letters.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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