Division of the Arts


Updated August 15, 2017


 Advising Faculty


1.     James Bagwell (director)

2.     Erika Allen

3.     Thurman Barker

4.     Alexander Bonus

5.     Leon Botstein

6.     Teresa Buchholz

7.     John Esposito

8.     Kyle Gann

9.     Luis Garcia-Renart (emeritus)

10.   Christopher H. Gibbs

11.   Marka Gustavsson

12.   Paul Hembree

13.   Erica Kiesewetter

14.   Peter Laki

15.   Erica Lindsay

16.   Ilka LoMonaco

17.   Blair McMillen

18.   Rufus Mόller

19.   Matt Sargent

20.   Maria Sonevytsky

21.   Patricia Spencer

22.   I Ketut Suadin

23.   Erika Switzer

24.   Joan Tower

25.   George Tsontakis


Graduation Requirements


A student choosing to major in music can develop a course of study intended to cultivate specific musical interests and abilities. Advisers in each music field may suggest the best academic plan for each student.  Areas of focus include:


·         performance or composition in classical, jazz, or electronic music genres;

·         western music research and history;

·         music theory and analysis; and

·         ethnomusicology.


To fulfill requirements in a desired focus, students are suggested to take:


·         no fewer than six 200/300 level theory and history courses by the time of graduation.

·         Additional requirements may include regular enrollment in one or more of the performance workshops, private lessons, composition workshops, or ensembles that are offered each semester.


By time of moderation, a student should ideally have completed half of their suggested course requirements.


Students’ Moderation and Senior Projects should ideally reflect their expressed musical interests and goals, whether they are based in performance, composition, research, analysis, or any combination of these.  The Moderation Project for a student focused on composition or performance usually consists of a 25-40 minute recital, highlighting original work and/or other repertoire. For students interested in music scholarship or analysis, a substantial music history or theory paper serves as an appropriate moderation project.


A Senior Project in music can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Performers and composers usually present two concerts from 30 to 60 minutes each. For some composers, one concert can be replaced by an orchestra work written for performance by the American Symphony Orchestra. In certain circumstances, a finished, sophisticatedly produced recording or multimedia project serves in place of a live performance. Music History and Theory students typically present an advanced, scholarly research or analysis paper as the main component of a Senior Project.



Sample Program of Study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year










 • MUS 264

• private


• Ensemble



• MUS 265

• private


• Ensemble



• MUS 201

• private lessons

• Ensemble

• Opera work-



• MUS 202

• private lessons

• Ensemble


Moderation Concert


 • MUS 371

• composition


• private lessons

• Ensemble

• Opera wksp


• MUS 302

• private lessons

• Ensemble


• private lessons




Senior Project  Concert I


• private lessons




Senior Project  Concert II



Private Music Lessons: 


·         All students are eligible for private music instruction.


·         Lessons can be taken for either one or two credits only.


·         If private lessons are taken for no credit (audit), a fee is mutually agreed upon by both the student and the instructor.


·         In order to receive credit, you must be registered with the registrar’s office.


o    When lessons are taken for credit, the student must be enrolled in a music ensemble.

o    The ensemble can be taken for credit or as an audit.

o    In addition, students taking lessons for credit are assessed a nominal lab fee of $200 per semester by the college ($16.66 per lesson X 12 lessons). 


·         Students receive 12 lessons per semester.


·         Please note: you can audit a class or an ensemble, but you cannot audit lessons. 




Bard College Chamber Singers:


·         Auditions required.




Bard College Orchestra:


·         2 credits per semester, and an additional 2 credits for registering in private lessons, which are strongly recommended.   


·         Auditions for new members: please contact Greg Armbruster at