Majoring in Music
Our program offers the best features of a music conservatory and a traditional liberal arts experience. You are challenged in the studio and classroom to be a first-rate performer, composer and scholar. Your professors work closely with you to tailor the program to your needs and interests. You can major in music or music and technology, with a concentration in performance, theory, ethnomusicology, music education, history or composition. Master classes and lectures will provide regular opportunities for you to work with internationally known performers, composers and scholars. The discipline and critical-thinking skills you develop will prepare you for graduate school or a career in a number of fields.
Performance and private study opportunities
Public performances are a priority. You can perform during one of the many recitals each semester or join one of several ensembles, including the concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble and chamber choir. If you are interested in musical theater, you can audition for one of our annual shows, produced in collaboration with the theater department. We also offer free music lessons to qualified students through the Jack Niblack '98 Music Lessons Fund.
Cummings Arts Center boasts technology-rich classrooms, the Greer Music Library, two performance halls and numerous studios and practice rooms. We are also an "All-Steinway School." In Cummings, you have access to a recording studio, a control room with connectivity to two major recital halls and a production-quality electronic music studio.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Music?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Music, music education
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I wanted to pursue music within a broader liberal arts setting. And when I visited campus, the students and professors were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I felt at home. I was also interested in shared governance and the honor code.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, the fall semester of my junior year. The ADA had 32 music and theater students living together on campus and working with international faculty in a picturesque villa near vineyards and olive orchards.
Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
A: The resume-building and personality workshops made an impression and helped me get organized. My CELS counselor reviewed my resume and helped me narrow down my job and grad school searches. I am realizing my dream and pursuing graduate studies in bassoon performance.
- Foundational Theory for Musicians
- Making Music at the Keyboard
- Music through Time and Society
- Tonal Theory
- Post-Tonal Theory
- American Music
- Music of the World
- History of Jazz
- History of Western Music
- Ethnomusicology: The Social Science of Music
- Electroacoustic Music
- Jazz Harmony
- Methods in Music Education