Bachelor of Music Degree
Earn a music degree that’s focused on your future
When you earn your Bachelor of Music degree at University of Bridgeport, you’ll gain the technical and artistic skills you need to emerge as a leader in this evolving field. You’ll develop a deep understanding of the basic concepts related to music theory and history, as well as the opportunity to sharpen your skills with your primary instrument. At UB, you can choose from three concentrations, including music performance, music education, and music business. This will narrow the focus of your studies and allow you to tailor your degree to fit your interests and career goals.
Turn your passion into a rewarding career
At UB, we will help you build the foundation for a successful career by combining your love for music with practical applications that are useful in the real world. While pursuing your Music BM, you’ll practice alongside expert faculty to perfect your technique and develop important interpersonal skills related to performing. You’ll also be exposed to the directing, conducting, and business aspects of the profession in order to shape you into a well-rounded professional musician.
Put on the performance of a lifetime
As part of our B of Music degree program, you will gain extensive experience performing in front of a crowd. Over the course of the program, you will engage in private lessons to practice a repertoire of complex music. This experience will culminate with a variety of performance opportunities, either in ensembles or in solo recitals, which is required if you pursue a concentration in Music Performance.
Join a supportive community of musicians
Pursuing a music career is more than just learning an instrument — it means developing important connections with other musicians and learning to collaborate on a variety of musical compositions and performances. UB’s Bachelor of Music program is unique in that our students are exposed to a diverse range of musical styles and performers, from the traditional to the modern, and from the regional to the global. You will have the opportunity to perform in at least one of our distinct ensemble groups every semester, so you’ll experience working with different musicians and performance styles, as well as gain an understanding of the importance of collaboration for success in the music industry.
Scholarships for students who sing or play an instrument
UB offers a scholarship for students who sing or play any instrument (including guitar, ukulele, drumset, bass, piano, digital music, woodwinds, brass, strings, etc.)
Scholarship amount: $1,500/semester ($3,000/school year)
Requirements of scholarship recipients include playing in campus events ensembles and scholarships ensembles. Scholarship recipients will continue to be eligible for these funds throughout their continued enrollment at UB.
Scholarship Application Requirements include either a 1-2 page Personal Statement or 3-5 minute video about your passion for, experience in, and commitment to music. Write or talk about the ways in which music has been a part of your life. Please be sure to introduce yourself, include your primary instrument, mention music groups you have played in before or your interest in becoming part of a music group at UB.
You must also demonstrate your musical engagement by choosing one of the two options below:
- Option 1: Submit a recommendation letter from someone whose profession is in or related to music (could be a music teacher, church music director, performer, etc.); this person should be able to speak to your commitment to and experience in music activities.
- Option 2: Submit a video recording of yourself playing an instrument or singing. This could be a solo recording or a recording of yourself playing/singing in a musical group (minimum of 3 minutes, your choice of musical repertoire/genre).
Submit the materials above to Music Faculty Professor Russell Fisher, Director of Ensembles: . Your materials will be reviewed by the music department and you will be notified about your scholarship application decision shortly afterward.
Music Performance track
A concentration in Music Performance allows you to refine your craft as a solo and ensemble performer. You’ll choose your primary instrument and work with a private teacher to hone your skills and prepare for a rewarding performance career. An audition is required for this concentration.
Music Education track
At UB, we are dedicated to shaping you into an effective educator. The concentration in Music Education is designed to go hand-in-hand with our master’s degree program, which leads to an initial teaching certificate.
Music Business track
In our Music Business concentration, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the music business and gain the skills to become an entrepreneurial figure in the profession. The diversity of the industry means your coursework will differ based on your interests and career goals, so you’ll get a degree tailored to you!
Your future starts today!
- Apply online!
- Financial aid is available, and we accept applications on a rolling basis
- We have comprehensive support services that will get you through college and into a great career
Find additional information about the Bachelor of Music degree in the academic catalog.