At Simmons, we believe in your passion for music.

You will be able to immerse yourself in a subject you love as you prepare yourself for a career that brings you lifelong joy. 

You can focus on music history or performance, or study music as part of arts administration. You'll enjoy Boston's rich music and cultural scene and attend concerts by world-renowned  orchestras and performers.  You will benefit from the extracurricular groups and partnerships designed just for our students. These include the Simmons Concert Choir, many performing arts opportunities and private lessons at the New England Conservatory. View performances and listen to samples of our students' work.

Our students find success in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, performance, arts management, marketing and development. 

Learn more about the Department of Art and Music

Program Requirements
Majors offered in music include arts administration, and a music major with a music history or an applied music (performance) track. The study of music can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, performance, arts administration, music editing and publishing, recording, programming for radio and television broadcasts, etc. The major in music would be enriched if combined with a major in another area, such as English, communications, management, or history.

Requirements: Students are required to complete thirty-two semester hours in one of the tracks listed below.

Applied Music Track

  • Four applied music courses
  • One course in music theory
  • One course in music history and literature
  • Two electives, chosen from music history or theory courses, depending upon interest
Music History and Literature Track
  • Four music history and literature courses (two at the 200 level)
  • One course in theory or theoretical studies
  • One applied music course
  • Two electives chosen from music history, theory, or applied studies, depending upon interest

Minor Requirements
Minor in Music

A music minor consists of five courses in music history, theory and/or performance. Normally, at least two courses must be at the 200 level or above. A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken within the department to complete a minor in music.

Minor in Performing Arts

The Colleges of the Fenway minor in performing arts integrates performance experiences with classroom study of the performing arts: dance, music, theater, and performance art. The minor includes study, observation, and practice of the performing arts. It consists of a required introductory courses, Introduction to Performing Arts, three discipline-specific courses (dance, music, and theater), and one upper-level course, as well as three semesters of an approved performance ensemble. Please visit www.colleges-fenway.com/performingarts for details. Contact Professor Gregory Slowik, the simmons College performing arts advisor, for more information.

Customize Your Program

You'll work with an advisor to create a program of study around your interests and career goals. Many music majors choose to double major or minor in a complementary field, such as English, communications, management or history.

We also offer a music minor for students pursuing other majors. 

Faculty
    Gregory Slowik
    • Gregory Slowik
    • Professor and Musical Director
    • Phone: 617-521-2266
    • Office: C419
Internships and Industry Relationships

Simmons students complete internships, build résumés, and enhance their education through access to world-class performing arts organizations.

Qualified students may arrange to pursue their musical studies at the New England Conservatory, one of the country's finest music schools. In addition, students in music courses and arts administration courses study the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet, attending performances and meeting with individuals from those organizations.

How to Apply
So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.