Find the right note.
We believe musical expression is one of our most powerful tools for enriching and broadening the human experience. You probably agree. Join our community of performers, composers, and scholars. Here you’ll find the kind of programs that blend historical, theoretical, and practical study to speak to your creative, artistic, and intellectual potential. Whether you are looking toward a career as a professional musician, a teacher of the music you love—or you are interested in incorporating music into your studies and your life—the URI Department of Music is here to help find the way that best expresses your talents and goals.
– Ben Marcoux ’14, Music Major
A lot of musicians are good at playing, but they don’t know how to teach. At URI, they’re fantastic players but they put a lot of emphasis on being good teachers too. They can do both.
Why Music at URI?
LEARN FROM THE BEST.
In music performance and study, you’ll get the best of both worlds at URI—an intimate, small-school feel with plenty of big-school opportunities. You will work with a distinguished faculty whose wide range of experiences and accomplishments will inspire you, and no matter where your musical goals take you, they will partner with you on your journey. Here you’ll be part of a creative musical community. Our mentoring program teams new students with those experienced and eager to help you find your own way.
TAKE THE STAGE.
As the cultural center for the local community, the Music Department offers opportunities for you to perform on campus, regionally, and on tour. Performing is an integral part of our program. We offer ensembles in band, orchestra, chamber music, vocal, and jazz. Each semester, you’ll be able to attend or perform in a full schedule of student recitals, department concerts, weekly music convocations, festivals, and professional concert series. And performing with a well-known guest artist is definitely within reach.
PLAY YOUR OWN TUNE.
Here you can major in music, minor in music, double major, pursue a graduate degree, or prepare for a career in music education, performance, composition, conducting, and other music-related areas. Not sure where your love for music or your instrument will lead? Explore a little. Try a music course as an elective and incorporate music into your studies. With our liberal arts degree programs, you’ll come away enriched whether you pursue a career inside or outside the field of music.