Empowering musicians for the 21st century.

Musicians need to be smart, agile, innovative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial—inside and outside the world of music. Lawrence University offers the ideal environment for today's aspiring musicians and powerful preparation for a musical life: you'll experience both a world-class conservatory of music and a leading college of liberal arts and sciences. 

To ensure your musical education best suits your individual path, we offer four degree options. Regardless of the path you choose, every degree allows you to be mentored by world-class faculty, play in a wide array of award-winning ensembles, and immerse yourself in a culture of creativity and collaborative music-making.

Bachelor of Musical Arts

Explore jazz and contemporary improvisation and study outside the classical realm with Lawrence's newest degree program—all while having the flexibility to explore the countless opportunities Lawrence has to offer. Explore the B.M.A.

A student plays the drums.


Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

Explore your passions and curiosities whether your musical passion is classical, jazz, music production, global traditions or just about anything you could imagine. The flexibility built into this degree allows students to develop their own transformative creativities. Explore the B.A. in music.


Students play the trumpet during a recital.