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The Academic Music Program, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a minor, music elective courses, individual private lessons, and performing ensembles.
The program provides the environment and opportunity to hear, experience, and participate in the art of music. The study of music both as a knowledgeable listener, creator, and/or performer nurtures an important human aesthetic dimension.
Music, in its many cultural manifestations, touches upon the enduring questions of human meaning and value. It serves as an opportunity to develop imagination, creativity, and understanding, and gives students the opportunity to use and further help their own skills and talents. As a non-major program, the program’s goal is to encourage students to experience music so that a foundation for continued learning, appreciation and enrichment is created.

Latest News

The Music of Baden Powell

January 16, 2019

The Academic Music Program presents "The Music of Baden Powell" on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. in the WSHU Broadcast Center's Stone Family Assembly Hall (Room 219) at 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. The concert will feature Academic Music Program Director Joe Carter on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass and Graciliano Zambonin on drums. Joe Carter and guests will perform the music of guitarist Baden Powell (1937- 2000). Long recognized as one of the most important guitarists in Brazilian music history, Powell combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing.

Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project

January 7, 2019

The Sacred Heart University Academic Music Program presents "Teaching the Eye to Hear: The Matisse Jazz Project," a multimedia presentation, on Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in the WSHU Broadcast Center's Stone Family Assembly Hall, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. The concert will feature Pianist Christopher Bakriges. The Matisse Jazz Project is music inspired by the iconic cut paper collages of Henri Matisse published in 1947 as Jazz. The twenty pieces composed by pianist Christopher Bakriges correspond to each of the Matisse cutouts and his writings. Matisse viewed jazz as a "chromatic and rhythmic improvisation:' Bakriges leaves his own stunningly touching and virtuosic homage to the legacy of a leading figure in modern art.

Guitar Fest

August 29, 2018

Sacred Heart University’s Academic Music Program will host Guitar Fest 2018 in October. Join us for two special concerts in the WSHU Broadcast Center’s Stone Family Assembly Hall that will celebrate guitar music from around the globe. The first is on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. and it will feature classical guitarist Terry Pazmiño of Ecuador. The second is on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. and it will feature the Joe Carter Trio with SHU Academic Music Program Director Joe Carter, Bassist Harvie S and Drummer Graciliano Zambonin. Free and open to the public.