The four-year undergraduate curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree provides extensive training in students’ applied majors, comprehensive instruction in music theory and music history, and an education in the liberal arts. The educational prerequisite for entry into the BM is a high school diploma, or equivalent.

The BM is offered in the majors listed below. Please use these links to find specific information pertaining to your intended major, including degree requirements and course offerings.

Strings: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba



Vocal Performance

Jazz Studies

Contemporary Improvisation


In addition to degree programs, undergraduates may also pursue a Music-in-Education Concentration. Please note that we do not offer a degree in Music Education.

For information about NEC's Liberal Arts Department, please go to Liberal Arts.


Bachelor of Music Double Major

Bachelor's Degree candidates who wish to apply for a double major combining performance with Music History or Music Theory may do so at the end of their second year. Those wishing to combine two performance areas (or a performance area and composition) may apply to do so at the end of their first year. The double major requires approval of both department chairs, the academic advisor, and the Dean of the College.

Students who receive permission to pursue the double major must be in residence for five full-time years; they will be charged additional tuition for such programs (see Tuition and Fees). However, if a student is able to complete the requirements of both degrees in four full-time years, and has a GPA of at least 3.70 at the end of the junior year, he or she may request a waiver of the five-year requirement. A waiver of the five-year residency requirement requires approval of the Dean of Students, the chairs of both majors, and the Dean of the College.