Majors & Minors

Musical Studies

B.M. in Musical Studies

There are two tracks within the Musical Studies major: Composition and Music Theory/ History.


Composition degree at The Crane School of Music maintains a rich tradition of fostering creativity. Our selective program encourages students to work independently and to collaborate with performers as a means to discover their unique creative voices within the context of a stylistically diverse musical world. Student composers at Crane have the opportunity to create music in a broad range of styles and media, hear their music played at concerts, recitals and ensemble reading sessions, and work closely with our renowned faculty and guest composers. Successful graduates have completed advanced degrees at leading graduate schools across the country, joined the composition faculties of colleges and universities, worked as independent composers, arrangers, educators and producers nationwide, and collaborated with renowned ensembles and performers around the world.

Music Theory/History
The Musical Studies – Music Theory/History degree allows students to focus on the scholarly study of music. Students can focus on any of the three main branches of music scholarship, historical, comparative (ethnomusicology), or systematic (theory and analysis), but frequently these areas overlap.Through the breadth and depth gained as a result of undergraduate research, students are better prepared to apply to graduate schools, become effective music educators, or pursue an advanced performance degree.As a capstone experience, students pursue their own research of a topic of choice with a faculty advisor.Musical Studies majors may pursue a variety of careers, including working in higher education, librarianship, publishing or music criticism.

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