Come develop your talent, share your love of music and inspire generations in Longwood's Department of Music. Get plenty of personal attention from our devoted faculty in small classes and private lessons with renowned musicians. You'll have lots of room to grow with frequent performing opportunities.

Career Path

Play and grow into your professional role as a

  • Teacher
  • Composer
  • Performer
  • Director
  • Private Music Instructor
  • Graduate student

What You'll Study


Designed to prepare you for a successful career in an environment that fosters and challenges intellectual curiosity and artistic growth. Choose between these two degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts 
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Vocal or Instrumental Concentration  
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy 
  • Bachelor of Music
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Music Education Concentration
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Vocal or Instrumental Performance Concentration 

Minor in Music

Vocal or Instrumental Concentration, BA

This is a focused study of music within the context of a liberal arts education. Develop your musical skills through courses in applied music, music theory/aural skills, music history/literature, and participation in ensembles. 









Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, BA

This unique program offers pianists with strong performance skills the opportunity to apply their skills to teaching piano in individual and group settings.

Elective Psychology, Education, and Business courses supplement a core music curriculum that fosters growth in areas of performance, music theory, music literature and music education.

You'll get teaching experience through our newly established, Longwood Center for Community Music, too.






Music Education Concentration, BM

Do you want to teach in Virginia's public elementary, middle, or high schools? Once you declare an education concentration in the music program you can apply for entrance to the Teacher Preparation program at Longwood. You're still a music major, and you'll take all the courses of a music major, plus the requirements to get your teaching license.








Vocal or Instrumental Performance Concentration, BM

Go to graduate school, establish a private teaching studio, or enter a pre-professional young artist program with this concentration. The degree emphasizes development of artistry through courses in performing, pedagogy, and literature. Performance opportunities begin as early as your first semester and include solo recitals as a Junior and Senior. After two semesters of applied music studies you can audition for entrance to this concentration.








Satisfy your love for music with a music minor. Take classes that focus on theoretical studies, history and literature, applied study and participate in music ensembles.

Musical Theatre Minor

Combining courses in music, theatre and dance, the Musical Theatre minor is designed for students who wish to pursue their passion for the performing arts and the excitement of musical theatre.



Minor Requirements (core): 10 credits

MUSC 113 Theory of Music I / 2 credits
MUSC 115 Sightsinging and Dictation I / 1 credit
MUSC 163 Beginning Piano I / 1 credit
THEA 113 Acting I / 3 credits
THEA 104 Theatre Production/Performance / 2 credits
MUSC 208/408 Opera Workshop / 1 credit

Applied Voice / 2 credits from MUSC 171-172 or 181
Choral Ensemble /2 credits from MUSC 105, 106, 107, 205, 405

Dance / 2 credits from

DANC 128 Beginning Recreational and Social Dance / 1 credit
DANC 130 Beginning Jazz / 1 credit
DANC 131 Beginning Modern / 1 credit
DANC 132 Longwood Company of Dancers (by audition) / 1 credit
DANC 230 Intermediate Jazz (with permission of instructor) / 2 credits
DANC 231 Intermediate Modern (with permission of instructor) / 2 credits

Theatre / 3 credits from

THEA 225 Elements of Theatrical Design / 3 credits
THEA 240 Technical Theatre / 3 credits
THEA 315 Movement I / 3 credits
THEA 316 Acting II / 3 credits

Electives / 3 credits from outside of the student’s major, from MUSC, THEA, or DANC


Our curriculum emphasizes the development of musical skills through courses in applied music, music theory, music history and the focused study of music within the context of a liberal arts education.

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