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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 musical activities.

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.  

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Department Info:
Main Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9 am – 5 pm

Box Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 4:30 pm

Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
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