Division of the Arts


Updated April 25, 2019


 Advising Faculty


1.     James Bagwell (director)

2.     Thurman Barker

3.     Leon Botstein

4.     Teresa Buchholz

5.     John Esposito

6.     Kyle Gann

7.     Luis Garcia-Renart (emeritus)

8.     Christopher H. Gibbs

9.     Marka Gustavsson

10.   Erica Kiesewetter

11.   Peter Laki

12.   Erica Lindsay

13.   Ilka LoMonaco

14.   Blair McMillen

15.   Rufus Mόller

16.   Matt Sargent

17.   Whitney Slaten

18.   Patricia Spencer

19.   I Ketut Suadin

20.   Erika Switzer

21.   David Sytkowski

22.   Joan Tower

23.   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 LESSONS   (register for lessons with a drop/add form.)

 All students are eligible for private music instruction.  Lessons can be taken for either one or two credits or audited (no credit).

 In order to receive credit, the student must register the lessons with the Registrar's office and the student must be enrolled in a music ensemble, performance workshop or the equivalent, to be determined by the instructor.

The ensemble can be taken for credit or audited.  Students taking lessons for credit are assessed a nominal lab fee of $250. per semester by the college (approximately $20.83 per lesson x 12 lessons) whether it is 1 or 2 credits. Students receive a maximum of 12 lessons per semester.

 If private lessons are audited (no credit), a fee is mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor and the student pays the instructor directly.

 Audited lessons will not appear in the student's registration or on the transcript.  If students are taking more than one lesson, the student must also be enrolled in another ensemble to receive the lesson rate of $250. per semester.  Registration for private lessons must be completed by the end of the add/drop period, Sept. 11, 2019.



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 Monday, September 9, 2019, 7- 9:30pm in Olin Hall.  Please contact Greg Armbruster at regarding auditions. The first rehearsal is on Monday, Sept 16, 2019, 7- 9:30pm, Olin Hall.