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​Degrees and Programs


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
Although Providence College is a test optional institution, admission to any education program requires the passing of a basic skills exam. Applicants must pass the SAT or ACT at the levels indicated in the following chart, or pass the Praxis I exam at the levels indicated.
Math Score
Reading Score
Writing Score
Praxis I
*While 530 is the minimum allowable SAT score in Math and Reading, the two scores combined must equal 1150 or higher.
Students, once admitted to a program, are required to pass supplemental tests in content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge prior to being approved to student teach. Passing such tests is required for eligibility for certification in Rhode Island and states with reciprocal agreements.
 For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

Music Education


Policies for Music, Music Ed., Majors and Minors.


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Guidelines and Requirements for Senior Recital^Project and Pre Recital Jury 09.pdf


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