The Department of Music encourages all students with an interest in music to join us as we explore a rich variety of ways to engage with music, whether as performers, listeners, music-makers, or scholars. Our offerings--including courses, ensembles, and individual lessons--are available to majors and non-majors alike. Students work closely with world-class musicians who engage them in rewarding classroom and performance experiences, and give each student personalized attention.
The department offers a major in Music Studies and a major in Music, Sound, and Technology, as well as a minor in Music Studies. Faculty are dedicated to nurturing the musical talents of majors and non-majors alike by offering private lessons with no additional fee to all students through the Jack Niblack '98 Music Scholarship and Internship Fund.
Active professionally, members of the music faculty specialize and teach in many areas, including: conducting, composition, electronic music, music theory, ethnomusicology, instrumental and vocal performance, jazz arranging, musicology, recording, and orchestration. Faculty members mentor students with highly personalized instruction and provide substantive opportunities for performance, composition, music production, jazz composition and arranging, musicological research, music-theoretic research, and ethnomusicological fieldwork. They also offer an array of ensemble choices, such as orchestra, jazz band, concert band, new music ensemble, chamber ensembles, and two choirs.
Connecticut College is an all-Steinway campus with superb recording and performing facilities. The department is home to Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound Studio and the Elizabeth Gilbert Fortune Recording Studio, both with adjacent recital halls. Greer Music Library, with its dedicated research liaisons and extensive archives, offers another important resource.
Students who major or minor in music can pursue cross-curricular studies with departments, programs, centers, and pathways across campus, including Anthropology, Art, Computer Science, Dance, Theater, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, and Creativity.
Our students have studied abroad, or conducted research across the globe in such locations as Austria, Italy, Morocco, Vietnam, Senegal, Indonesia, China, Great Britain, and Australia.
Music students at Connecticut College have won national awards, earned fellowships at prestigious graduate schools, and developed successful careers in music. Our alumni include professional performing artists, composers, music educators, academics, recording industry professionals and administrators of arts organizations.