Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Music

The Tufts University Department of Music is one of the largest and most active departments on the Tufts campus. Through our diverse, inclusive, and comprehensive program of courses, private study, and performance, you can explore and experience music in ways you can only begin to imagine!

About the Department

Tufts University Flute Ensemble rehearsal in Distler Performance Hall
strings instrument

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students can find their musical voices through Music department classes in composition, performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, technology, and cultural studies. The BA in Music, Sound, and Culture is a flexible and rigorous major that provides students with the creative, scholarly, social, and professional tools to chart their own musical path. The department also offers a minor in Music, Sound, and Culture and interdisciplinary minors in Music Engineering, and Multimedia Arts. Our graduates go on to careers in music production, composition, business, academia, and more.

Undergraduate ProgramsUndergraduate Admissions

Graduate Programs

Graduate students in the MA program study broadly across five sub-disciplines—composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory—and receive focused training in one of them. The program is customizable to your individual academic interests and future goals and prepares you both for doctoral study and for non-academic careers in areas such as teaching, music management, music librarianship, music performance, and more.

Graduate ProgramsGraduate Admissions

Tufts Gamelan Ensemble Performance
Joseph Auner with grand piano


Tufts music faculty specialize in a range of research areas within our disciplines of study: Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Performance, Technology, and Theory.

Areas of Study