The Department of Music functions as one component of the liberal arts institution. With such a mission the department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and provides a wide variety of elective courses to the entire student body. Some ensembles also offer performance opportunities for University as well as community musicians. Additionally, the department also serves the community at large through its offerings of cultural events–lectures, workshops, and concerts. This liberal arts orientation defines the goal of the major program–to allow students to pursue an interest in music within the context of a broadly-based program of study. To fulfill its mission within the liberal arts environment, the Department of Music offers courses for both the music major and students whose primary interests are in other disciplines. Required courses in the music major are presented sequentially. These courses are also available to the non-music major if taken in sequence.

The department sponsors chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international professional music fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education. The major program in music includes intensive study in theory, history, and performance. As in all liberal arts programs, the emphasis is on broad coverage rather than specialization, although specialization is possible through careful selection of elective courses, independent study projects, and internships. The objectives of the major program in music involve preparing students for graduate study as well as for careers in the performing arts, public school teaching, and many other areas. The music department’s Pollard Hall includes a small recital hall, a class piano laboratory, practice and rehearsal facilities as well as a center, which supports instructional technology and also houses the department’s collections of sound and video recordings, scores, and books. Nearby duPont Hall houses the department’s electronic music laboratory.

The music department presents a wide variety of public musical performances throughout the academic year. Students and faculty appear in general recitals, senior and faculty recitals, and chamber programs. They also perform with the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, the UMW Concert Band, the UMW Jazz Ensemble, the Flute, Clarinet, Brass and String Ensembles, the Old World Consort, the Fredericksburg Singers, the UMW Chorus, and the Women’s Chamber Chorale. The department and the University also sponsor visiting performers and lecturers in recitals, concerts, and master classes. The music department offers individual instruction in all wind, string, and keyboard instruments and voice based on competitive auditions.

Music Education Licensure
Music majors seeking public school teaching licensure in music must obtain a complete outline of requirements for either the “Choral/ Vocal,” “Band,” or “Strings” license in their first semester of attendance at the University. A contact must be made with the University’s Department of Education registering the intent to seek licensure. Students may earn preK-12 choral/vocal or band/strings music teaching licensure, recognized in forty-eight states, by taking specified courses in the music and education departments.