UVM collaboration with Srinivas Krishnan

What makes the music program at UVM unique?

Our Faculty

First and foremost, it's our faculty that makes the department of music great:

Our Students

A student plays the piano

What are music students like? Our students display a level of involvement that continually impresses faculty and staff. Whether playing in departmental ensembles, taking lessons on multiple instruments, writing original compositions in our music technology lab, preparing lesson plans for a music education class, or performing on- or off-campus with their own groups, UVM music students are involved in their musical education. Learn more about careers in music.

What if music will not be your career? For many students, music will not be their career, but continues to be their passion. These people make up our strong contingent of music minors who continue to play and study their instrument or voice while pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or as a cross-college minor in one of the other colleges.

Major, minor, take a class, or play: We welcome students from all majors and all colleges within the university. These students play in ensembles, study privately, and take courses in music theory or history. Our ensembles are open to all UVM students regardless of major.

Our Location


Burlington's thriving music scene offers an exciting environment for making music. Enjoy concerts at venues like JuniperRadio BeanHigher Ground and Nectar's, the beautiful Burlington waterfront, or the magnificent Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Catch incredible artist lineups at music festivals like the Discover Jazz Festival or Grand Point North.

On-campus, you'll find not only music department concerts, but world-class classical, contemporary, and folk performers in our Recital Hall thanks to the UVM Lane Series. The UVM Program Board presents an annual Battle of the Bands and Springfest. Read why world-famous jazz artist Ray Vega chose to bring his talent to Vermont.


Affiliate Artists

Emily Taubl

Outstanding affiliate artist faculty teach private lessons. A sampling of our affiliate artists:

  • a Grammy award nominee
  • members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • founder of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • performer in the new music ensemble Clogs
  • teacher and performer of the National Orchestra of Panama
  • featured soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival
  • jazz artists who have played with the likes of Bo Diddley, the Mike Gordon Band, Joe Lovano and Arturo Sandoval

Our Sound

View our Concert Calendar. Most performances are free and open to the public. Listen to some samples from recent concerts:

 Kono conducts the orchestra

What degree programs are available?

Learn more about undergraduate degree programs.

How do I join the Music Department?

Read about the music major Entrance Audition.

Why major in music?

Forbes gives Ten Reasons To Let Your Kid Major In Music, including boosted focus, confidence, and patience -- as well as following your passion!