Majoring in Music, Sound, and Technology
The music department is excited to present our new majors in Music Studies and Music, Sound, and Technology, along with a minor in Music Studies, which are available to students beginning in the fall of 2021. These new majors are designed to be responsive to student interests and to offer a more flexible entrance point to the majors and minor, thus making them accessible to students from a wider range of musical backgrounds. Students who previously declared a major or minor in Music or Music & Technology will have the option of completing their original major or minor or switching to a new one.
The major in Music, Sound, and Technology offers a focused core curriculum that provides a foundational understanding of ways that technology can interact with music making and sound. In close consultation with an adviser, students personalize their course of study, explore connections to other disciplines through electives, and build their skills as musicians. Courses are selected from four broad categories: Culture and History; Theories of Music; and Making Music; and Interdisciplinary Technologies.
We also offer a minor in Music Studies, and a separate major in Music Studies.
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, new music & improvisation ensemble, or one of our choirs. 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 private lessons with no additional fee 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. The College is also an "All-Steinway School," thanks to a recent gift. 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.