What do Music Majors Study?


A major in Music will give you the basic qualifications to pursue a career in many different music-related in many different music-related positions. Careers in music journalism are exciting opportunities for creative and knowledgeable writers to use their skills which may extend to music publishing or music criticism. Finding a job in the music industry, radio and/or television, or even musical theater takes tremendous talent, showmanship, patience and a lot of web connections. Since Philadelphia has an active and appreciative musical life, these opportunities can be found more easily here than in other cities. Instrument building and repairing is also a fascinating avenue for students who love instruments and are intrigued with how and why instruments look and sound differently.


At Chestnut Hill College, small class sizes facilities learning on an individual and personal level, and the knowledge and expertise of highly qualified professors, who are also performers, help to create a music network for future careers. Professors take extra time with students and are ready to assist students who wish to succeed in their studies.


Many opportunities for performance are available on campus. Both students-direct and other adult-direct shows are part of the campus productions throughout the year. Semester recitals for all Music majors are part of the curriculum and give students the experience of performing in front of their peers.


Since 2011, Chestnut Hill College has become an All-Steinway School. This designation brands Chestnut Hill College as an institution committed to musical excellence.


What are the requirements?


Music majors complete a minimum of 15 courses (45 credits) to qualify for a Bachelor of Music degree. Majors choose from one of two concentrations, either voice or instrument. Requirements for Music majors include:


  • 18 credits in Music
  • 12 credits in Music Theory
  • 6 credits in Music History
  • 6 credits in Aural Skills
  • 3 credits in Physics
  • 6 credits in Private Lessons

What are the career opportunities?


A Bachelor of Music will give you credentials and skills needed to pursue many careers including:


  • Studio Teacher
  • Vocal Performer
  • Instrumental Performer
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Managerial positions
  • Music Critic/Journalist
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Church Musician
  • Performing Arts Managerial positions
  • Music Theater positions
  • Music Industry positions