The Music program at the University of Maine at Farmington prepares you for a profession that expects more of musicians than simply mastery of instrumental technique.

Here, you’ll have opportunities for performance, lessons on an instrument or voice and study of music theory, history, composition and improvisation.

We will also provide you with the intellectual foundation to explore music’s meanings and contexts, the ideas behind it, and its constantly evolving place in the world.

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    A student working with Asst. Professor of Experimental Performance Gustavo Aguilar in the Flex Space Gallery of UMF's Emery Community Arts Center.
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    The UMF Clef Notes student a capella group performing at UMF's annual Arts Night(s) showcase of student creativity.
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    The UMF Clef Notes student a capella group performing at UMF's annual Arts Night(s) showcase of student creativity.
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    A student working on a project in the music production lab in UMF's Merrill Hall.
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    A UMF student performing his original work at UMF's annual Arts Night(s) showcase of student creativity.
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    Students working with Asst. Professor of Experimental Performance Gustavo Aguilar in the Flex Space Gallery of UMF's Emery Community Arts Center.
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    A student working with Professor of Music Steven Pane in historic Nordica Auditorium in UMF's Merrill Hall.
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    A student band rocking out their original music in UMF's Emery Community Arts Center.
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    The UMF Clef Notes student a capella group performing at UMF's annual Arts Night(s) showcase of student creativity.

As an embodiment of our departmental name — Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry — the bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) fosters inquiry into the ideas, processes, and meanings of the arts.

At the heart of the VAPA degree are the three Project courses. The gateway into the program is Project 1, a course where all arts majors work with faculty to pursue a topic, idea, or project, with each student making a unique contribution to the collective vision.

In Project 2, sophomores and juniors work together on a project connected to the community for public presentation, largely independent from faculty.

Project 3, the culmination of the degree, is a thesis paper, artistic project, or internship, providing seniors with a launching pad for their career after UMF.

You will choose a concentration in a specific area — Art and Visual Culture, Arts Administration, Music, or Theatre — where you’ll be encouraged, through coursework and creative projects, to engage in discussion, study and collaboration with students and faculty across all disciplines, thereby challenging the boundaries that have traditionally separated us.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Visual and Performing Arts: Music

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

MUH 150A Contemporary Music: Connections to the Past
MUS 209A Alternative Tunings
SPV 100A Project 1
MUS 121A Piano Class I
MUS 201A Theory and Aural Skills I
MUH 352A Music 900-1900: Histories, Perspectives, and Cultures