Program overview

Crafted with flexibility in mind, the Bachelor of Arts in Music (BAM) degree offers musically talented students the opportunity to double major or pursue a dual degree in any of Rider’s colleges and schools while receiving training and performance access to the renowned Westminster Choir College. Students can choose voice, piano, or organ as their primary instrument alongside a concentration or minor. Select from one of the many minors offered across the University, or choose a concentration such as music theory, music composition, music history, or sacred music.

Audition Requirements

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Program requirements

Our innovative curriculum provides a comprehensive academic education with rigorous musical training that develops creative and intellectual habits essential for success in careers of all kinds. 

Students in the BAM program must select either a concentration or minor. This provides students with flexibility in approaching their education and the opportunity to study subjects that interest them and prepare them for a variety of career paths. 

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BAM students leave Westminster not only as strong musicians, but also as promising scholars, administrators, and educators."
Paul David Flood '19

A flexible career trajectory

With a broad foundation in liberal studies complemented by extensive studies in music, BAM graduates have the flexibility to explore a spectrum of careers that directly involve music or extend beyond it. 

Common careers:

  • Arts administrator
  • Studio coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Graduate assistant
  • Communications specialist
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Cultivate your creativity

Westminster Choir College is brimming with on-campus opportunities for students to exercise their learned skills. Gain valuable experience by working on the creative and managerial teams for both on-campus and local stage productions, and through internships in campus administrative departments and with local arts organizations.

Students are also eligible to receive the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Award and participate in the annual Celebration of Westminster Student Research and the Independent Scholarship and Creative Activities Presentation (ISCAP) Day.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Sharon Mirchandani, PhD.

Professor and Chairperson

Department of Music Studies

Westminster Choir College,
Westminster House 206

smirchandani [at]

609-921-7100 x8313

Academic Focus: Music History and Theory

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