Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Arts Music /Music Education /Music Major Musical Theatre Track/Minor
The Department of Music offers a bachelor of arts in music and a bachelor of arts in music/music education. The bachelor of arts in music has five areas of specialization: History/Literature; Theory; Performance; Jazz; and Church Music. The program is a broad experience of the various aspects of music, history, music theory, performance, and ensemble participation within the liberal arts context of the College.
The bachelor of arts in music education is a balance between the liberal arts program of the College and the requirements for both the music and education departments for the certification process in music education. Combined with required field experiences and 12 credits of student teaching, music education candidates will have an understanding of past and current methodologies and research in the field of music education. This K-12 music education program will prepare students for certification in the state of Rhode Island, which as reciprocity with more than 40 states throughout the country.
All students intending to major in music or music education are required to audition and be interviewed by members of the music faculty. Approval from the Department of Music must be obtained before declaring as a music major.
Music Education Majors
What are the testing requirements for Providence College Education programs?
Providence College is a test optional institution. However, due to state teacher certification regulations, completion of an education program requires passing a variety of standardized basic skills, teaching skills, and content knowledge tests at various points throughout the program. Therefore acceptance into Providence College is separate from acceptance into an education program.
Music Major – Musical Theatre Track
The Musical Theatre Concentration at Providence College aims to develop the student’s talent and ability with the goal of helping the students discover their own unique abilities in musical theatre. A successful professional in musical theatre must possess strong technical skills in acting, voice, music and dance with the ability to integrate these skills with ease, expressiveness and versatility. As such this concentration requires coursework in music, acting, and dance combined with many performance opportunities. In order to concentrate in Musical Theatre, students must elect either a music or theatre major. This assures that they will have a deep grounding in a least of the two foundational areas of musical theatre.