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Undergraduate Programs

The curricula for undergraduate students majoring in music lead to the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees. All programs in music provide effective preparation for graduate study.

The programs in the Bachelor of Music degree are directed to those who intend to become professional musicians. They offer majors in Music Education, Composition, Theory, Music History/Literature and Applied Music.

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers the opportunity for professional study in music within a liberal arts context and includes an optional concentration in music management.





Freshmen majors receive advisement during New Student Orientation and are also assigned faculty advisors in the School of Music.

Freshmen are required to meet with their music advisors early in the year and are encouraged to visit and talk with their advisors frequently throughout their college career. Discussion may include course selection, problems with specific courses, professional opportunities, connecting with campus resources or just sharing the excitement of learning something new.

Undergraduate Funding

Prospective music majors who submit all application materials to Undergraduate Admissions by January 15 are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship at the time of their audition for the School of Music in January or February. There is no additional application to indicate interest in a Music Scholarship. These awards are guaranteed for eight consecutive semesters, provided the student remains a music major, participates in an approved university ensemble, and maintains the minimum 3.00 major GPA requirement each semester.

Music Scholarships are awarded based on the needs of the School's ensembles and reflect a combination of both a student's musical potential and his or her academic achievements. Because the School of Music takes into account a student's academic merits when determining Music Scholarships, Undergraduate Admissions does not distribute additional academic merit scholarship to music majors. Non-music majors are not eligible for Music Scholarships.

In addition to Music Scholarships, the School of Music also distributes named scholarships, to students pursuing special areas of interest:

  • J. Robert King Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to any type of music major, any instrument.
  • Claudia and Richard Fisher Scholarship This scholarship is available to any type of music major, with preference for brass players and vocalists.
  • Elizabeth E. Quigley Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to female Delaware residents, majoring in music. Character and citizenship are subjective characteristics of this award.
  • Alberta E. Edge Scholarship This scholarship is available to any type of music major, any instrument.
  • William H. & Laura Lurty Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to all music majors, with preference for those majoring in music education.

Undergraduate music majors participating in Marching Band receive an additional stipend of approximately $400 per year, pending annual budgetary approval. For additional information about Marching Band scholarships, please contact Heidi Sarver, director.


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  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578