Whether you're a graduating high school student looking to continue formal training, returning to college after time off, or a professional musician seeking a degree after years of performing on the road, the University of the District of Columbia is the place to extend your musical training and join a vibrant community of performers and educators.
With a diverse curriculum and personal attention, the UDC bachelor's degree program in music provides professional training and performance opportunities to help you become a skilled, creative contributor to the field.
UDC serves as a cultural resource to the D.C. music community, hosting a world-renowned jazz archives, organizing an acclaimed annual big band festival as well as other music-related outreach, research and performance programs. We prepare our students to give back to that community as both educators and performers.
UDC’s music program has a long and rich history in the D.C. community. UDC was the first in the nation and remains the only university in the D.C. area to offer a concentration in gospel music studies. Coupled with our classical and jazz offerings, UDC’s music program provides a wide range of opportunities that serve the educational and artistic needs of our community. In addition, we are home to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, a world-class jazz research and resource center.
The music program enjoys access to local and national resources such as the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Community Arts and Education programs, the Smithsonian Institution, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its education and outreach programs.