Music and Performing Arts

Studying music offers the option of different viewpoints, genres, eras, and sounds. You will build your skills through multiple modes: performance, composition, technology, history, and cultural studies. You can combine music with other fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences, giving you more lenses to approach sounds and the people who make them.

Music is one of three major performing arts. The other two include dance and theater. Students interested in the two sister disciplines may enroll in classes such as Dance Immersion, Cuban Salsa, and Public Speaking as Performance.

Programs change from year to year with rotating programs in music performance,ethnomusicology, music technology, music and literature, musical theater, and others.

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Performing Arts.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Advanced Studies in Music and Humanities
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Molecules, Music and Metamorphosis
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Paris Muse: Evoking Place in Literature, History, Music and Myth
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Taste: Music in Cultural Context
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
16
Slavic and Celtic Folklore: Heroic, Spiritual, Practical
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Your Money or Your Life: Human and Economic Relations On Stage
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16