Programs of Study
Music has an essential role in a liberal arts college education
began a new era in music studies, Music has an essential role in a
liberal arts college education. Musical studies integrate mind, body
and spirit. Students who study music in college prepare themselves
for a lifetime appreciation of the musical arts. The faculty of the
Music Department guides students along a rigorous yet joyful pursuit
of knowledge in the following fields: instrumental/ensemble
performance, theory of music, history of music, social/cultural
musical context, and musical composition. Musical studies are
interdisciplinary, drawing upon other disciplines in the arts,
humanities, social sciences, mathematics, sciences and engineering.
Musical studies teach transferable skills of value for careers in
the professions and business.
The Department of Music offers courses in the disciplines of
composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, and theory.
Our curriculum is inclusive and diverse, with emphasis on the
traditions of western classical music, American music (especially
African-American music and jazz), and world music (especially
African and Asian music). We enthusiastically endorse individual
study of instrumental and vocal performance and participation in
performing ensembles; students may earn academic credit for these
The Music Department's flexible program serves (a) those students
who would choose music as a major or minor, and (b) all students
seeking to develop their musical knowledge and/or performance
skills. Students may major in music, double major in music and
another field, or minor in music. Music courses fulfill many
requirements (Arts Distribution, World Civilizations, International
Relations, American Studies, and several interdisciplinary minors).
The courses, programs, and facilities of the Music Department are
open to all members of the Tufts community.