Music has existed for as long as humankind has. In the Western European tradition, music expresses emotion. But in other traditions, the sound of music often plays a different role. Our bachelor’s program is unique in that it takes you beyond the Western European art tradition to the appreciation of music as a worldwide phenomenon — a creation of all cultures and civilizations on both the folk and art levels.
Focus on performance or musicology.
Does the stage beckon? Or do you envision yourself more as a scholar on the subject? Our program is flexible, so you can channel your natural aptitude in the direction you want it to go. Whichever direction you choose, you’ll be part of a dynamic program that lives within a liberal arts curriculum.
Possible career roles for you in the future? Think about: performer, composer, music publisher, music critic or journalist, teacher, curator, and librarian. A degree in music has a definite practical side.
Choose your instrument.
If performance is your calling, we’ll urge you to take private instruction on an instrument or in voice — you’ll be glad you did when it’s time for your senior year recital! We’ve all heard the old anecdote: A man on a busy New York street asks the legendary violinist, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice,” is the maestro’s immediate reply. He wasn’t kidding.
Learn from industry professionals.
Your instructors are more than teachers. They are proven performers in the music field, so you’ll get both theory and first-hand insights into what actually goes on out there.
Like all UNH faculty, our music instructors bond with their students. Yours will take time, both in and out of the classroom, to get to know you and to provide guidance and support.
Take advantage of our proximity to New York City.
New York has been a center for the American music industry for over a hundred years. Jazz, rock, and the blues call it home. Hip hop, disco, punk rock, Latin freestyle, Salsa, Irish-American, and Jewish klezmer were born there. For our music students, it is a mecca that they return to again and again. And it’s an easy car- or train-ride away.
Music News Feed
Alumna Finds Fame With NBC's 'The Voice'
Alumna Kristen Merlin's meteoric rise as contestant on NBC’s The Voice – as lauded weekly by the superstar coaches – was no surprise to Michael Kaloyanides, one of Merlin's former instructors at UNH.
Listen to UNH Ensemble - River Deep - Mountain High (Cover)
In fall 2013, Terri Lane asked her students if they would like to participate together in a special enrichment assignment, where they would all sing lead and backing vocals as an ensemble.