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Undergraduate

Music

Feed your intellectual desire to learn more and fulfill your passion to perform. Deepen your knowledge of Western and non-Western music from ancient to modern times and apply principles that lead to an intellectual grasp of the music and your ability to perform.

Express Yourself

Assumption believes that the study of music enhances all areas of a liberal arts education. Our graduates have opportunities to pursue careers in performance, arts management, theatre, advertising and marketing, the recording industry, and education. Students also are well qualified to pursue a graduate degree in music studies.

Learning Goals:

  1. Fundamental applied skills for piano, guitar, & voice
  2. Mastery of music theory, analysis and the creative process
  3. An understanding of the historical development of Western music
  4. A global perspective for music
  5. Ensemble skills: jazz band, concert band, Chorale

Other Scholarships Offered by Assumption

Opportunities for Music Majors at Assumption

  • A cappella at Assumption. VOCE is the select mixed a cappella ensemble for advanced Chorale singers. In addition, student-run groups give students an opportunity to explore different types of music without instrumental accompaniment.
  • AU Band: A 40-50 member concert band of students, faculty and occasional community members perform concerts throughout the school year.
  • AU Jazz Ensemble: This ensemble focuses on the stylistic performance of small group jazz, with opportunities for solo improvisation.
  • AU String Camerata: Students who play string instruments can keep up their playing in this chamber ensemble that explores the repertoire for string orchestra.
Program Contact

Peter Clemente, DMA

Professor of Practice in Music
508-767-7592 Founders Hall - Room 021

Events

Apr 06
2024
Department of Art & Music Student Recital
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chapel of the Holy Spirit

An Ideal Place to Learn

100%
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
11:1
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • The music major requires a total of 11 courses in music. Within a liberal arts context, this major offers a balance of historical, theoretical, and performance-based study of a diversity of styles of music, combining high artistic standards with intellectual rigor and breadth. Students have opportunities to develop their performance skills through private lessons and department vocal and instrumental ensembles. Through the major, students are exposed to the essential elements of musical language, and they acquire the critical skills that can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the art.

    Required Courses
    MUS 122 History of Music I
    MUS 124 History of Music II
    MUS 201 Music Theory I
    MUS 301 Music Theory II
    MUS 330 Conducting

    Chorale or Band, or Jazz Ensemble, or String Camerata for six semesters (equaling 6 credits, or 2 courses) and  four additional courses from among program offerings (not to include MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music)

    *Applied music instruction in voice or an instrument may be counted toward the music major. Three semesters at 1 credit per semester are required to count as 1 course

    Course Descriptions

  • To earn a minor in music, a student must take 6 courses in the department, including 4 required courses, 1 elective and 1 required ensemble (1 credit) for 3 semesters, equaling a 3-credit course. A minor in music is meant to harmonize with a program of study in the liberal arts while providing the possibility for concentrated work in this area of the arts.

    Required Courses
    MUS 122 History of Music I
    MUS 124 History of Music II
    MUS 201 Music Theory I
    MUS 301 Music Theory II

    MUS 193 Chorale or MUS 195 Band or MUS 196 Jazz Ensemble, or MUS 197 String Camerata (3 semesters)

    One additional course from among program offerings (not to include MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music).

    Course Descriptions

Faculty

Toby Norris, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Art, Music & Theatre Associate Professor of Art History
Jonathan Bezdegian, D.M.A.
Campus Minister for Liturgical Music and Mission Trips Adjunct Faculty Instructor of Organ
Paul S. Buono, MM
Lecturer in Music Director of the Jazz Ensemble
Peter Clemente, DMA
Professor of Practice in Music
Bradford T. Dumont, MM
Director of Choral Activities
Michelle A. Graveline, D.M.A.
Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Bruce Hopkins, M.M.
Lecturer in Music, Band Director
Rev. Donat Lamothe, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Music Archivist
Jeffrey Nevaras
Adjunct Faculty, Art & Music
Peter Sulski
Lecturer in Music Director of Strings
Margaret Tartaglia
Adjunct Faculty

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.


Career Paths

Our graduates pursue personally and professionally rewarding careers.

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First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.


Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.


AU Chorale

The University's auditioned concert choir of 50-60 voices performs on campus and throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their concerts feature a full orchestra and instrumental ensembles. The Chorale’s international concert tours have taken them to Italy, Russia, Greece, and, most recently, France, where they sang at Notre Dame Cathedral.

VOCE

VOCE is the select mixed a cappella ensemble for advanced Chorale singers. In addition, student-run groups give students an opportunity to explore different types of music without instrumental accompaniment.

AU Band

A 40-50 member concert band of students, faculty and occasional community members perform concerts throughout the school year.

AU Jazz Ensemble

This ensemble focuses on the stylistic performance of small group jazz, with opportunities for solo improvisation.

AU String Camerata

Students who play string instruments can keep up their playing in this chamber ensemble that explores the repertoire for string orchestra.

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