Our degree programs offer a wide variety of concentrations within music. All degree programs require an audition.
Bachelor of music in education
Bachelor of music in vocal performance
Bachelor of arts in music
Bachelor of arts in music with concentration in performance
Bachelor of arts in music with concentration in contemporary composition
Bachelor of arts in music with concentration in cultural and critical studies
Minor in music
Areas of Study
- Contemporary Composition
- Cultural/Critical Studies
- Music Education
- Piano & Keyboard
- Vocal Performance
Application and Audition Information
An audition is required for acceptance into all music degree programs, including the bachelor of music degree programs and the bachelor of arts degree programs. All music candidates must follow the Arts Merit Scholarship process, regardless of their interest in these competitive scholarships. The music faculty will submit their recommendations for scholarships to the Arts Merit Scholarship Committee after the completion of the audition requirements. The Office of Admissions considers applications incomplete until the audition requirements are satisfied.
Detailed audition and application information
Piano & Keyboard Studies
The Piano & Keyboard Studies Program offers a comprehensive musical education unlike any other. Faculty tailor their teaching styles to each student's needs and interests and combine it with a weekly group performance class to create a relaxed environment for peer feedback and a communal learning experience.
Students have access to excellent practice rooms and performance facilities as well as performance opportunities. The Piano Showcase Series, the On the Rise Series and the Bucknell Piano Series give students the chance to display their talent and work with world-renowned artists to perfect their craft. Whether your interest is in classical piano, contemporary music, chamber music or learning about other keyboard instruments, we can help you pursue your musical journey.
As a string student, you will work closely with faculty to develop a study program that takes advantage of all the opportunities at Bucknell. Students can hone their performance skills while still being able to conduct research and study to be an arts administrator, a music educator or a composer.
String students will have the opportunity to participate in the orchestra and chamber music group. Our string ensembles expose students to a wide variety of music, from the classics to modern composers from all over the world. Music students will have the opportunity to learn from professional, internationally recognized musicians and music groups.
Vocal performance majors at Bucknell have opportunities to perfect their skills in a wide range of performance styles. From Bucknell Opera Theatre to weekly studio classes, your music education at Bucknell will allow for a variety of learning experiences that will prepare you for your career after graduation.
Our students have been selected as finalists in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition and as Young Artists for programs such as Opera Steamboat and the Taos Opera Institute. They have attended master's degree programs in voice performance at Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, among others.