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Music Schools & Colleges in Washington, DC
Music at American University goes beyond the studio, rehearsal hall, stage, or classroom. The nation’s great cultural institutions are sites for research, internships, and part-time jobs, as well as personal enrichment. Students at AU have the distinct advantage of living in an environment that thrives on artistic excellence.
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has an intimate conservatory atmosphere within a major university setting. Here at CUA, you’ll work one on one with our distinguished faculty honing your craft, perform on stage and in the studio, and develop critical thinking skills within the University’s liberal arts curriculum to get you ready to be a 21st-century performer and scholar.
Students have a variety of performing groups to choose from including jazz bands, orchestra, chorus, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and Latin band—all of which present regular concerts on campus, in Washington, and on tour. The individualized nature of study in our performance classes allows a student to receive the personal attention of his or her instructor and to progress toward goals determined by the professor and student. In the classroom, music students increase their knowledge and develop critical thinking and writing skills, preparing for both graduate education and the music-professional world.
Among the nation’s historically Black institutions of higher learning, Howard University and its Department of Music stand at the forefront, revered for its illustrious past and renowned as a premier provider of education for those who aspire to a career in music.
The Music Program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College provides specialized professional training in various disciplines of music and general courses for cultural enrichment. The program has a rich history of involvement in community cultural and outreach activities and provides a vital cultural resource for the University and the metropolitan area at large.