The Music Program is part of a strong liberal arts and professional curriculum. Musical literacy and practical skills are fostered within the context of history, culture, and aesthetic values.
Course offerings provide students the opportunity to integrate theory, history, composition, electronic music, and performance; experience in all five areas being essential to the understanding of music as an artistic and intellectual achievement. The faculty are committed to high standards and concern for the development of the students’ unique interests and talents. The results are both personally satisfying and professionally productive.
Students develop performing skills through private study or by joining one of the wide variety of performing ensembles on campus. Each seek to sharpen our students’ musicianship and provide opportunities to enjoy the works studied in the history and theory courses. The range of performance experiences offered is extensive, with student groups presenting an average of 40 performances a year. Through the Madrigal Ensemble, Rutgers University Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra Ensemble, and other student-created groups, instrumentalists and vocalists of all disciplines are afforded opportunities to showcase their talents and hone their performance skills while being exposed to a broad selection of classical and modern works. 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.
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 and around the Philadelphia area. Our proximity to major metropolitan areas, such as Philadelphia and New York City, makes internships and other opportunities readily available, and allows our students to take advantage of many splendid cultural and artistic activities. The student who successfully completes the prescribed course of study will be prepared for graduate school, a future in the music industry, or a variety of other career options.