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Department of Fine Arts » Music Program

Music Program

Major requirements can be completed only through daytime attendance.

Course offerings in music are designed to give each student an integrated approach to theory, history, composition, electronic music, and performance–experience in all four five areas being essential to the understanding of music as an artistic and intellectual achievement. Theory courses allow the student to work with musical material, to understand modes of organization in composition, and to employ methods of musical analysis. History courses introduce students to methods of studying the development of musical genres and the relationship of music to the other arts and areas of thought. Composition courses introduce students to methods of style, structure, and organization of musical material. Electronic Music courses introduce students to current music technology and making music with machines and software. Students develop performing skills through private study and through participation in the College Choir, Madrigal Ensemble, Performance Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Ongoing concerts featuring renowned musicians provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to a rich variety of musical styles. 

Students with specific professional goals (performance, composition, or musicology) should be advised of the curriculum requirements found under Course Requirements.

Students in the program have the opportunity to study with artist-faculty of the first rank and also take advantage of the splendid cultural and artistic activities in the Philadelphia area. The Music Program also presents many concerts and recitals on campus. Recitals take place in the Mallery Music Room which houses a Moller Pipe Organ, a beautiful Bösendorfer concert grand piano, a Heartz harpsichord, and a Wolf forte-piano. Larger concerts with orchestra and soloists are held in the spectacular Walter Gordon Theatre, renowned for its near-perfect acoustics.

 


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