Calling all music lovers.

Whether your passion is in Western classical, jazz, singer-songwriter, or global music traditions, or you're much more interested in production, composition, arts management and entrepreneurship, the music major at Lawrence just might be the perfect fit for you. Built-in flexibility gives you space to explore your unique voice and interests and to develop your own transformative creativities. 

Courses in music theory, musicology, and performance anchor the major.

Discover the requirements for a major in music.

Learn from and work with award-winning faculty.

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A music major for you, by you

You are encouraged to consider synergies between your music work and other elements of your degree work. Take what you've learned across your explorations and build a curriculum that aligns with your creative, intellectual, and vocational goals and aspirations.

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Discover what makes music music

Gain experience with the foundational elements of music—such as time, rhythm, structure pitch, tuning, and timbre—in specific contexts across different traditions. You will delve deep into music's world-building power and engage critically and creatively with questions, ideas, and sources related to music in cross-cultural and transhistorical contexts.  

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Perfect harmony


You can pair your interest in music with an incredible array of subjects. From French to physics, music and academics are intertwined.

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Performance & Ensemble Opportunities


Performance and ensemble opportunities abound, from large orchestras to small chamber ensembles, choirs to jazz bands. Explore a diverse range of styles and repertoires and take part in professional performance alongside your peers.

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Sound the Retreat


Bond with your fellow musicians, focus on your craft, and immerse yourself in natural beauty during retreat weekends at Björklunden, a 441-acre estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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$5000

Experiential Learning Funds

Intern for a social justice organization. Work for elected officials. Simulate galaxy collisions. It's all possible with career exploration funding.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Academics

Find Your Voice at Lawrence

Lawrence Conservatory Voice Students share their connection with music and performance. From the stage to recording studio, students share how they find and develop their unique voice at Lawrence.

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Study Off Campus

There's something for everyone with IES Vienna, from music to the humanities to social sciences. Music students can take part in the Music Performance Workshop and combine individual music instruction and music courses with German language courses.

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