Program Overview 

Students in the Music program have the chance to immerse themselves in a variety of musical experiences:

  • Perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles 
  • Study music technology 
  • Make a bold musical statement in Piano Workshop 
  • Learn about music history, theory, composition and world music

Performing Arts, B.A., Music Concentration 

The Performing Arts major with a concentration in Music requires the completion of eight courses plus nine additional credits of performance-based work. 

Music Minor 

The Music minor requires the completion of 18 credits. 

Entrance Auditions

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Professor James Bohn at to schedule an audition. 

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

Sample Music Courses

World Music Traditions

This introduction to world music covers the rich and fascinating vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as non-classical musical traditions of Europe and North America. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus.

Hear Her Voice! Women Music Makers, Religion and Spirituality

This course examines the ways in which women have used music to express their religious conviction and spirituality in Christian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Native-American traditions. Female musicians, dancers, and composers have contributed to sacred musical practices across the globe. This course illuminates those practices and corresponding expressions of faith, rites, and traditions.

Music Theory

This class is a continuation of VPM 180 - Creating Music, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn traditional harmonic language in depth through weekly assignments and independent projects. Students will use standard notation and electronic technology.

Composition: Songwriting

In this course the student will learn how to write descriptive lyrics. The student will learn how to apply rhythm to these lyrics, and construct an effective melody. The student will also learn how to add harmony to melodies. The course will investigate several effective songs from a variety of sources.

A Focus on Performance

The Music program sponsors both large and small performance opportunities: 

  • Stonehill College Concert Ensemble 
  • Stonehill Collegiate Chorale 
  • Stonehill College Guitar Ensemble 
  • Stonehill Music Technology Ensemble 

Collegiate Chorale

Founded in 1986, the Stonehill Collegiate Chorale is comprised of Stonehill undergraduates, faculty, staff and experienced singers from the local community.

"Soundtrack of Life" Music Therapy Program

Students have interned with Life Care Centers of America, Bristol Recording Studios in Boston, and Colors Worldwide in Los Angeles.

Career Development Resources

The Stonehill Career Development team offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Visual & Performing Arts Specific Career Resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level positions
  • Annual career fairs
  • Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits
  • Externships and internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (weeklong and semesterlong programs).

Active Mentors

  • Boston Interactive Web Designer
  • Cengage Learning Associate Content Project Manager
  • Gibbes Museum of Art Membership Coordinator
  • New Hampshire Historical Society Education Programs Coordinator
  • Smithsonian Institution Education Specialist

Outside Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Save Money: Earn Two Degrees in as Little as Four Years

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stonehill College in as little as four years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in education, data analytics or marketing. Stonehill students also receive 20% off for remaining graduate tuition through the Skyhawk Rate.

Photos from Concert Ensemble Concert 2019

The music program at Stonehill has encouraged me to continue my development as a pianist. The ensembles I’ve played in concern themselves not only with the technical aspects of music, but also with the innate joy of creating and sharing it.

Contact Information

James M. Bohn

James M. Bohn

Associate Professor of Music, Music Program Director, Music Technology Program Director
Cushing-Martin 028
Visual and Performing Arts