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Music Schools & Colleges in Rhode Island

Brown University
Providence, RI
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The study of music – a phenomenon known to all people in all ages – lies naturally at the heart of a liberal education. The Department of Music at Brown provides an ideal environment for such an education, with its integrated faculty of scholars, performers, composers, and theorists. The curriculum of the Department of Music combines studies in history, theory, ethnomusicology, and musicianship with courses in composition, technology, and performance. Application merges with analysis, creation with cultural study, and multimedia experiments with broad meditations on sound, in a unique department that welcomes all.

Providence College
Providence, RI
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The Music Department’s mission is to foster cognitive, critical, analytical thinking, and aesthetic appreciation through the study of music, and to develop musical performance skills to the highest level of students’ capabilities.

The Music Department defines part of its mission as assisting students to study, to hear, and to perform music with intelligence and understanding within the spirit of an art that transcends analysis. Courses of study are designed to provide a strong grounding in music history, theory, literature and performance, all, of which, call into practice skills of analytical perception and critical analysis that are necessary for academic disciplines.

Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
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At Rhode Island College, the study of music takes place on stage, as well as in the classroom. That’s because learning music involves more than lectures and discussion.

Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
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The Department of Performing Arts at Salve Regina provides students with individualized attention in the creative disciplines of music, theatre, and dance. We offer majors and minors in music and theatre arts, as well as a minor in dance and an extensive program in music education, which leads to Rhode Island teacher certification in grades K-12 for music. For students interested in music, we foster an understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music through study, instrumental and vocal training, and performance. With a traditional liberal arts education as its foundation, our program teaches students to appreciate the rich heritage of musical arts while providing them with comprehensive musical training.

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
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At the URI Music department, we believe that music and the arts are the worthwhile work of a lifetime and that the creative arts are the most powerful tools we have for refining and broadening human experience, representing beauty, and perpetuating cultural heritage. We believe that the quality of life in our world and society is closely tied to the artistic sensitivities of our citizens, and we are committed to fostering the musical skills and intellectual capacities of our students toward a lifelong pursuit of musical excellence.