The Department of Music combines the best practices of a music conservatory with a liberal arts education. Students work closely with world-class musicians who engage them in rich classroom experiences and give each student personalized attention.
The department offers five concentrations to supplement the music major: music education, performance, theory, composition and musicology (with a choice of historical musicology or ethnomusicology). Faculty are dedicated to nurturing the musical talents of majors and non-majors alike by offering free private lessons to all students through the Jack Niblack '98 Music Scholarship and Internship Fund.
Active professionally, music faculty specialize and teach in many areas, including: conducting, composition, electronic music, music theory, vocal pedagogy, ethnomusicology, instrumental and vocal performance, jazz arranging and orchestration. Faculty mentor students with highly personalized instruction and substantive opportunities for performance, composition, conducting, jazz composition and arranging, musicological research and ethnomusicological fieldwork. They also offer an array of ensemble choices, such as orchestra, jazz bands, concert band, new music ensemble, chamber ensembles and 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, and centers across campus, including Anthropology, Art, Computer Science, Theater, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. Students wishing to teach at the primary or secondary level can become certified through the College’s education program.
Our students have studied abroad, or conducted research across the globe in Austria, Italy, Morocco, Vietnam, Senegal, Indonesia, China, Great Britain and other countries.
Music students at Connecticut College have won national awards, earned fellowships at prestigious graduate institutes, and developed successful careers in music. Our alumni include professional performing artists, composers, music educators, academics, recording industry professionals and administrators of arts organizations.