Academics

Welcome to the Department of Music.

The Department of Music is home to a distinguished faculty that teaches in areas of performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, jazz studies, composition and music technology. Faculty who teach voice, band and orchestral instruments are professional musicians in the Richmond area, including principals of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and accomplished jazz performers.

Within the University of Richmond's School of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Music reflects the University's outstanding liberal arts tradition. Carefully nurtured faculty-student relationships are afforded throughout the curriculum. One example is the team-taught chamber music program, in which each participating ensemble receives coaching from four different chamber faculty members as well as eighth blackbird, Richmond's ensemble-in-residence. In addition, students who enroll in the department's capstone course, in which they produce an Honors thesis or project, work individually with faculty mentors on projects in their areas of specialty.

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Music Lessons, Juries, & Recitals

Private lessons in voice, keyboard, band/orchestral instruments, sitar, guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set are offered every semester for academic credit (0.5 unit, no fee). Approved students receive 13 fifty-minute lessons per semester and a letter grade; a minimum of one hour practice per day is expected and a performance jury at the end of the semester is encouraged. There are a limited number of private lesson spaces available each semester, so lesson approval is not guaranteed for students who are not music majors/minors.

All students enrolled in for-credit private music lessons (MSAP courses) – music majors and minors, as well as non-majors – are required to perform a jury at the end of each semester of study. Students are excused from jurying at the end of a semester in which they performed a recital. Students desiring to perform a recital must be registered for lessons in that instrument or voice the semester of the recital.

Robert Fink

Neumann Lecture Series

The University of Richmond Department of Music invites one distinguished music scholar each year to address the university, the Greater Richmond area and the scholarly communities, and to spend time with its students. The Neumann Lectures offer a further opportunity to expand the vision of the University of Richmond as a locus for serious dialogue about music, the arts, and society.
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