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Concentrations


The University of Bridgeport offers three concentration options for the Bachelor of Music degree program. 

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Music may take courses within the B.M. program as juniors and seniors, or may complete another minor or major.

Music Education


The Music Education concentration is designed to provide foundational training and experiences for prospective music teachers, and prepare them to begin graduate studies leading to certification as a public school music teacher.

The Music & Performing Arts Program and the University’s School of Education offer the appropriate master’s degree (M.S.) which leads to initial teaching certification in music. The B.M. in Music Education is designed to work in conjunction with UB’s master’s program in Music Education. Qualified seniors in the undergraduate concentration receive preferred consideration for admission to the graduate program. Students can complete their BM and MS in five consecutive years, with an additional semester for clinical practice (student teaching). Graduates of this program enjoy a competitive job placement rate and have built careers as exemplary music teachers throughout the state and region. The winner of the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award, Melissa Salguero, is an alumna of UB’s graduate music education program.

The Music Education concentration consists of 38 credits designed to develop the following competencies, drawn from the following:

  • Private lessons on the major instrument in each subsequent semester of residence.
  • Performing in one or more ensembles in each subsequent semester of residence.
  • Piano Skills: MUSC 256: Fundamentals of Piano II (3 cr.) or APM 100 (1 or 2 cr.)
  • Observing K12 Music Education: MSED 240, Field Experience in Music Education (1 cr.)
  • Psychology: Introduction (PSYC 103) and Developmental Psychology.
  • Singing: MSED 320, Group Instruction in Voice (3) or APM 100, Private Instr. (1-2 cr.)
  • Secondary Instruments: MSED 321-326 (3 cr. each) or APM 100, Private Instr. (1-2 cr.)
  • Ensemble Leadership: MSED 311, 331, 332 (3 cr. each), 341, 342 (1 cr. each).
  • Elementary Methods: MSED 343, Music Content for Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • Improvisation: MUSC 208A & B: Jazz Improvisation & Repertoire I & II (3 cr. each)
  • Technology: MUSC 137-138.
  • Songwriting: MUSC 213-214.
  • Technical Theater: THA 115 & 120: Stagecraft I & II
  • Additional coursework in music, psychology, and theater, as appropriate.

Music Business


The Music Business concentration is a combination of professional music study and courses tailored by advisement to the student’s strengths, interests, and career plans. Due to the great diversity found within the music industry, exact coursework will differ from student to student.

In addition to Music & Performing Arts, appropriate coursework may be taken in UB’s Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, or School of Engineering, as well as the Mass Communication program. This concentration is designed to help musicians become entrepreneurial professionals ready to succeed in today’s marketplace. Qualified candidates who complete this concentration are competitive candidates for admission to MBA programs at UB and elsewhere

  • Private lessons on the major instrument in each subsequent semester of residence.
  • Performing in one or more ensembles in each subsequent semester of residence
  • MUSC 138: Intermediate Digital Recording
  • MUSC 208A–B: Jazz Improvisation & Repertoire I & II
  • MUSC 213 & 314: Songwriting I & II
  • MUSC 209: Introduction to the Music Business
  • THA 115: Stagecraft I
  • THA 120: Stagecraft II

Music Business students who complete the following coursework will earn a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business:

  • ACCT 101: Principles of Accounting
  • BUAD 210: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • FIN 209: Financial Management
  • MKTG 205: Marketing Principles
  • MGMT 200: Management Dynamics
  • MGMT 320: Business Planning

    Recommend Mass Communication courses include:

    • MCOM 110: Public Communication
    • MCOM 201: Persuasive Communication
    • MCOM 218: Media Aesthetics
    • MCOM 220: Introduction to Advertising
    • MCOM 235: Writing for Media
    • MCOM 240: News Reporting
    • MCOM 242: Introduction to New Media
    • MCOM 260: Introduction to Film Studies
    • MCOM 262: Writing for Interactive Media
    • MCOM 270: Public Relations
    • MCOM 272: Creating Digital Media
    • MCOM 290: Intercultural Communication
    • MCOM 346: Media Management
    • MCOM 370: Publicity Methods

    Music Performance


    The Music Performance concentration allows students to deepen their skills as a solo and ensemble performer working in one or more genres.

    Due to the diversity of the music profession, we encourage students to develop a broad musicianship, including proficiency in more than one genre. Skill, professionalism, flexibility, and creativity are stressed. Performance candidates give a senior recital as the cumulating experience. Exact courses are tailored by advisement to the student’s strengths, interests, and career plans.

     

    • Private lessons on the major instrument in each subsequent semester of residence.
    • Performing in one or more ensembles in each subsequent semester of residence.
    • Piano Skills: MUSC 256: Fundamentals of Piano II (3 cr.) or APM 100 (1 or 2 cr.)
    • MUSC 209: Introduction to the Music Business
    • Development of secondary instrument skills (MSED 320-326, or APM 100) as appropriate.
    • Improvisation: MUSC 208A & B: Jazz Improvisation & Repertoire I & II (3 cr. each)
    • Technology: MUSC 137-138.
    • Songwriting: MUSC 213-214.
    • Technical Theater: THA 115 & 120: Stagecraft I & II
    • Additional coursework in music performance, theater, business, or mass communication, as appropriate.