Programs of Study
Music has an essential role in a liberal arts college education.
It draws upon disciplines such as the arts, humanities, social sciences,
mathematics, sciences and engineering. Musical studies teach transferable
skills of value for careers in the professions and business. Students who
study music in college prepare themselves for a lifetime appreciation of
the musical arts.
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.