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


Prepares you for a successful career in a learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and artistic growth. Each of our four concentrations is designed to meet national standards for degree programs in music:

Minor in Music


This concentration provides a strong foundation in music fundamentals, theory, history, conducting, ensembles, and private lessons while leaving room for a double major or a minor. 

Combine your love of music with another field to create your own career path.

Graduates of this program work in or own music businesses, gig with bands, tech in private schools or studios, or go on to graduate degrees in fields like neuroscience music therapy, or arts administration.  









Music (Piano Pedagogy)

This concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts 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 (K-12)

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.

Sample 4-Year Plan

Instrumental Music Education, Teacher Preparation Concentration (pdf)

Choral Music Education, Teacher Preparation Concentration  (pdf)





Music Performance

Go to graduate school, establish a private teaching studio, or enter a pre-professional young artist program with this concentration.

This concentration emphasizes the 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.

Audition for entrance to the Performance concentration after two semesters of applied music studies.  







Music Minor

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.

Learn more about the minor in Music

Music History Minor

Open to non-music majors, discover the history and cultural impact of different styles of music.

Learn more about the Music History Minor.

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.