Division of the Arts


Updated August 8, 2018


 Advising Faculty


1.     James Bagwell (director)

2.     Lera Auerbach

3.     Thurman Barker

4.     Alexander Bonus

5.     Leon Botstein

6.     Susan Botti

7.     Teresa Buchholz

8.     John Esposito

9.     Kyle Gann

10.   Matthew Gantt

11.   Luis Garcia-Renart (emeritus)

12.   Christopher H. Gibbs

13.   Marka Gustavsson

14.   Erica Kiesewetter

15.   Peter Laki

16.   Erica Lindsay

17.   Ilka LoMonaco

18.   Blair McMillen

19.   Rufus Müller

20.   Matt Sargent

21.   Whitney Slaten

22.   Patricia Spencer

23.   I Ketut Suadin

24.   Erika Switzer

25.   David Sytkowski

26.   Richard Teitelbaum

27.   Joan Tower

28.   George Tsontakis (leave of absence 2018-2019)


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, or as an audit.


·         If private lessons are taken for no credit (audit), a fee is mutually agreed upon by both the student and the instructor.  Audited lessons will not appear in the student’s registration or transcript.


·         In order to receive credit, you must be registered with the Registrar’s Office by the end of the add/drop period (September 13).


o    When lessons are taken for credit, the student must be enrolled in a music ensemble or the equivalent, to be determined by the Music Program.

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) whether it is 1 or 2 credits. 


·         Students receive 12 lessons per semester.




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 will be on September 11, 2017.  Please contact Greg Armbruster at regarding auditions.