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Music Schools & Colleges in Massachusetts
Welcome to the Amherst College Music Department website. The department offers a full range of courses and performing opportunities for students with previous musical experience and for those coming to the study of music for the first time. We strive as a department to support the widest possible range of musical styles in our course offerings and performance activities. We encourage all students interested in making music a part of their lives and their liberal arts education to acquire a strong mastery of the fundamentals of musicianship.
The music programs foster a community of musicians by developing students’ proficiency in music skills, building their academic knowledge of music and cultivating professional attitudes toward musicianship. All students study intensively and perform on their major instrument through individual studio instruction and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Many students also perform on a secondary instrument. Combined with a thorough grounding in the liberal arts, a music degree will prepare students for a range of career opportunities. The College’s programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Pursue your love of music with courses in music theory and music history and develop your artistic gifts by improving your individual performance skills. You’ll deepen your knowledge of Western and non-Western music from ancient to modern times and apply principles that lead to an intellectual grasp of the music and your ability to perform.
Thayer Performing Arts Center (previously known as Thayer Conservatory) has been a place for fine art lovers since the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds when members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, hosted by the Thayer family, performed on the terrace and stayed on the fourth floor. The Thayer family enjoyed their very own art gallery to the right of the entrance foyer, filled the mansion with large woven tapestries and even had sculptures out in the garden. In 1942, Dr. Mabel R. Bartlett, chair of the art department and professor of fine art and art history at Atlantic Union College, began teaching art in the second floor. In 1972 Jon Robertson, chair of the music department of Atlantic Union College, moved the music department from Founder’s Hall to the Thayer mansion making it a music conservatory. Since then, several generations of musicians have studied and performed here. Children of our former music students are now studying with our fine music instructors.
The Longy School of Music of Bard College prepares musicians to make a difference in the world. Longy is a degree-granting conservatory and community-based school of preparatory and continuing studies with a curriculum rooted in the tradition of western art music. Its faculty promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of the imagination, and fosters an attitude of inquiry about the role of music and the musician in the larger world.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.
Welcome to the Music Department at Boston College. Here you will find information about the department and the services it provides. First and foremost is information on the Undergraduate Program of instruction in music—our faculty in both academic studies and in performance, information on the undergraduate major and minor, and our course listings. In addition to classes in composition, music history, and ethnomusicology, the department provides lessons in voice and instruments for all levels, from the beginner to the serious student who wishes to pursue music as a career.
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its multi-disciplinary environment, the Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. The intimacy of our class settings provides a student-centered atmosphere that is uniquely intensive and supportive. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region, and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. Armed with new energy and new ambitions, the Conservatory is in the midst of a revitalization from top to bottom, setting the stage for new achievements for the institution and our students.
Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers in music as composers, performers, scholars, and teachers, and to provide the broader community opportunities to experience and engage in music as performers, learners, and listeners. As a comprehensive professional school of music, we offer undergraduate through doctoral programs in which students pursue the highest levels of excellence. The School of Music enjoys a singular position within a distinguished research university in a city that has always placed music at the center of its cultural life.
The Brandeis Department of Music offers students the opportunity to experience music as both scholarship and a process of creation and performance. We believe in uniting musical excellence with intellectual inquiry. At Brandeis, we help our students to awaken their creative identity within the context of one of the country’s most progressive universities. Founded by preeminent American composer Irving Fine, our department features a distinguished faculty of world-renowned composers, award-winning authors and scholars, instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors. We offer broad-based undergraduate majors and minors that combine the study of history, theory, composition and performance. Our nationally acclaimed graduate programs focus specifically on composition and theory, and musicology.
The Department of Music at Bridgewater State University provides a solid foundation in music history, theory, and performance within a liberal arts context leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. This program prepares students to pursue a variety of academic and professional interests, including graduate study in music and Massachusetts Teacher Certification. Private instruction is available in piano, guitar, voice, and orchestral and band instruments.
Clark’s unique music program combines a rich array of options within an intimate scholastic setting for both majors and non-majors. Whether your interest in music is from the perspective of the composer, performer or scholar, Clark’s faculty will work with you to design a program of study, including private lessons, that meets your needs.
Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a music therapist, music educator or arts manager. Because Clark is a liberal arts university, you have the option of combining your study of music with complementary disciplines such as management, communication and culture, computer science, or education, and to incorporate internships and study away/abroad programs where appropriate.
The music department offers all Holy Cross students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of music, while providing its majors with serious, sustained musical training.
Music majors have the benefit of studying with an award-winning faculty of composers, performers, and musicologists. Class size is often small and there are many opportunities for specialized tutorials.
The Music Department of Eastern Nazarene College has a well-established reputation, known for its outstanding music faculty, educational experience, and superior preparation of its students in music performance and education. The Music Department offers a curriculum which allows its students to pursue a basic General Music Performance major. This requires the completion of only 36 credit hours. All of the courses required for this major also serve as the core required for any of the more specialized majors such as Music Education, Vocal Instrumental, or Composition Performance, Contemporary Music and Recording.
A classically-oriented, conservatory-level music program. Music at Gordon isn’t just sitting in class all day—it’s teaching and observing in local schools. It’s moving out of the practice room and onto the stage at Symphony Hall. It’s mentoring a fourth-grade trumpet student in an after school program. It’s developing the skills and training necessary for success.
Hampshire’s Music Program is unique in its approach to music performance, scholarship, composition, theory, and improvisation. Hampshire College’s music program encourages students to engage in an interdisciplinary process to understand music as a creative expression and its role in culture. Hampshire’s music offerings include topics in ethnomusicology, musicology, popular music, jazz, and electronic and computer music as well as courses in improvisation, composition, and music theory. Students are also encouraged to take a wide range of courses through the Five College consortium.
The Harvard University Department of Music is devoted to the study and practice of music and exists to provide a first-rate musical education that gives students advanced skills in music as well as knowledge of music history and repertory. As an academic department, it offers both an undergraduate and a graduate program: undergraduates receive an A.B. with a concentration in music and graduate students complete a Ph.D. program in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, or composition. There is also a small A.M. degree program in Performance Practice and a dual-degree program (A.B./M.M.) run jointly with New England Conservatory. The Department sponsors numerous concerts, colloquia, lectures and special music events each month, which are free to students and the public.
Jewish music enriches the spirit. It is the soul of Jewish prayer and the heart of Jewish life. The School of Jewish Music (SJM) of Hebrew College is your central address for the study, preservation, and performance of Jewish music and offers a rich array of options for engaging the music of the Jewish people.
MIT’s music program is known for its fantastic variety of quality offerings to undergraduates at all levels of preparation and talent. Our distinguished faculty offers MIT students, regardless of major, a large array of subjects in performance, composition and theory, jazz, world music, and music history. Many of MIT’s talented and innovative students choose to major, minor or concentrate in music. During the course of 4 years, nearly half of MIT’s 4000 undergraduates participate in the program – 1,500 in music classes and 500 in a variety of performing groups, open by audition to both graduate and undergraduate students, on either a for-credit or non-credit basis.
Mount Holyoke College’s Department of Music offers a program exploring the history, theory, literature, performance, analysis, and synthesis of music. Majors, minors and students with a passion for music are active composers, conductors, and performers. The whole campus reverberates with music that refuses to be silent.
The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjée. Our curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, we offer training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world, and early music. In our Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education, we provide training and performance opportunities for 1600 children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through our Community Collaboration Programs, we give our young musicians the opportunity to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.
From theory… to practice… to application.
Northeastern University’s “practice-oriented education” model blends the strengths of a traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum with an emphasis on professionally-focused practical skills.
That blend of skills and knowledge is then put to the test through cooperative education.
Students in the Department of Music have a wide range of co-op experiences, ranging from placements with major record labels, radio and media outlets, classical music organizations, and music software companies.
The nationally-accredited music department offers an innovative curriculum serving the university’s liberal arts emphasis. With the student as our focus, the music department provides a solid musical foundation and creates an educational environment that fosters intellectual challenge, collaborative scholarship, and artistic creativity.
Majors offered in music include arts administration, and a music major with a music history and literature track or an applied music (performance) track. The study of music can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, performance, arts administration, music editing, publishing, recording, programming for radio and television broadcasts, etc. The major in music would be enriched if combined with a major in another area, such as English, communications, management, or history.
Today’s music department is one of the largest departments in the college, with faculty members who offer a broad array of courses in music history and literature, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, and performance. Particular areas of faculty interest include Renaissance and Baroque studies, 19th-century studies, 20th-century studies, world music, music of Southeast Asia, American popular music, gender studies, criticism, and feminist studies. Smith faculty offer performance courses in voice, piano, fortepiano, organ, harpsichord, violin, cello, conducting and chamber music. Further performance instruction is offered through the Five Colleges and through selected adjunct teachers in the area. Members of the department direct ensembles which are open to all students, including the Smith Orchestra, the Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, the College Chorus, the Jazz Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, and the Gamelan. In addition, there are instrumental and vocal ensembles offered by the Five College Early Music Collegium.
Tufts Department of Music is one of the largest and most active departments on the Tufts campus. Through our vast program of classes, private study, and performance, you can explore and experience music in ways you can only begin to imagine. As an undergraduate or graduate, you can study musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, and performance with talented and dedicated faculty. From the Middle East to Java, from the concert halls of Vienna to drumming and dance circles of Ghana, from Renaissance Venice to the modern computer lab, Tufts Music embraces music in forms from many different backgrounds, traditions, and cultures. We invite you to join us and take a course, become a major, or just experience a concert!
The mission of the Department of Music and Dance is to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth through academic excellence in the preparation of music performers, music scholars, and music teachers for service to the Commonwealth, the Northeast region, and the nation.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a comprehensive arts college where students, faculty, professionals and audiences from diverse cultural communities come together to develop a high degree of professional competence, explore connections, develop new modes of communication, and engage in the process of making art. CVPA’s multi-disciplinary program prepares students for careers in the arts and gives students the tools to enter a number of diverse careers.
The Performing Arts, including Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, offer students the opportunity to acquire skills essential in any career path. Students of music learn to communicate, interpret, empathize, and be inquisitive. Our music curriculum combines professional and artistic instruction preparing students for advanced professional training, music teaching, graduate study, or myriad music-related careers.
The Music Department is one of the largest departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to provide students with a superior music education that will prepare them for meaningful careers in the profession.
The Music Department at Wellesley College fosters an environment in which students can combine serious musical study with the depth and richness of a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
Our department is made up of thirty-five distinguished faculty musicians, and approximately 100 music majors and minors. Our class sizes are small enough to allow for one-on-one attention in most of our learning environments, and our students and faculty have created a dynamic, supportive learning community. Whether you plan to pursue a career in teaching, or focus on jazz studies, classical performance, composition, or general studies, there is a carefully designed program that will give you the background you need to work as a professional, and provide you with the knowledge and skills required to further your studies in graduate school.
In the Middle Ages, music held an honored place as one of the seven original “liberal arts.” Like science, rhetoric, and theology, music was a field of study that was considered essential to the development of the well-rounded intellect. Music study at Wheaton falls within this grand tradition, providing students the opportunity to develop their academic abilities through the intensive study of its historical, theoretical, and social components. The music curriculum teaches students the skills that will allow them to ask the important and interesting questions that will lead to a lifetime of learning and exploration, no matter what their eventual career. Through a challenging and energizing exposure to the great composers, performers, and thinkers in the world of music, our students learn how to write, research, and communicate their ideas in compelling and thought-provoking ways.
The Williams Music Program is exceptional among its peer institutions and offers students a wide variety of opportunities to study music both inside and outside the traditional classroom through performance, composition, music theory and history. The department presents approximately 125 concerts a year ranging from student recitals and ensembles to visiting artists of national and international stature. The faculty is made up of devoted teachers, serious scholars, prolific composers and active performers.