Music at Providence College

Why Study Music at Providence College?
The Department of Music at Providence College boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for singers and instrumentalists at the undergraduate level. There are obvious reasons to study music at PC — to develop as a performer and to understand art at a deeper level are just two that are hardwired into the Department of Music’s mission.

Other reasons might be less obvious, but are just as important. Our courses of study are designed to provide a strong grounding in music history, theory, literature, and performance — all of which call into practice analytical perception and critical analysis skills that are necessary in all academic disciplines and for life after PC. 

What you'll study

Music 
The bachelor of arts in music program has five areas of specialization: history/ literature; theory; performance; jazz; and church music.

Music Education 
The bachelor of arts in music education balances the liberal arts program of the College with the requirements for both the music and education departments for the certification process in music education.

Music Technology and Production
The bachelor of arts in music technology and production is a specialized major where you will learn how to produce professional-quality music, as well as gain hands-on experience using music hardware and software technology, all while acquiring an understanding of the music industry.

Musical Theatre 
The musical theatre concentration aims to develop students’ talent and ability with the goal of helping them discover their own unique abilities in musical theatre.

Selected Courses

  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Popular Music
  • MIDI Sequencing and DAW
  • Songwriting
  • Music for Media
  • Women and Music
  • History of Jazz
  • Guitar Class
  • Music Education
  • Lyric Diction for Singers

Faculty

Whether you’re a singer-in-training, an aspiring player, or you’re interested in the history of music, our esteemed faculty members have you covered. They’re specialists in music education, choral music, jazz studies, vocal performance, and instrumental training — among many other areas of interest.

Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from some of the finest institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Westminster Choir College, and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

ENGAGED LEARNING

Our program offers students a multitude of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action. Our students:  

  • can attend or participate in dozens of concerts featuring students, faculty, and guest artists each year;
  • have the opportunity toparticipate in I Cantori, PC’s premier choral ensemble; the large, non-audition Concert Chorale; and Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop;  
  • play in the Pep Band, the Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Chamber Ensemble, and Early Music Ensemble; and
  • train as a singer, instrumentalist, or composer one-on-one with a faculty member.

95%

of 2016-2020 fine and performing arts graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

  • 67% are employed only
  • 11% are attending school only
  • 16% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Christie’s  
  • Elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States
  • Juneau Symphony
  • Leader Solutions and Decision Support LLC  
  • My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.  
  • Owensboro (Kentucky) Symphony Orchestra
  • Providence Pictures  
  • TAPIF
  • The CM Group
  • The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre  
  • Top of the Hub & Skywalk

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Providence College
  • Stanford University  
  • University of Southern California
  • Boston University
  • NYU