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The Undergraduate Program

If You Love Music

If you love music, there is a place for you at Cornell. The Department of Music offers many opportunities for you to learn about music and to participate in music-making.

A Wide Variety of Courses

Our classroom courses run the gamut from medieval chant to hip-hop, from Western music theory to musical systems from other parts of the globe. Whether you are contemplating a music major or taking your very first course in music, we have courses appropriate to your background. Learn more »

Opportunities to Perform

Students across campus are welcome to participate in the department’s many and varied ensembles. Some ensembles require auditions, others are open to anyone. Learn more »

A Liberal Arts Environment

Music at Cornell is taught within an environment that views the arts as fostering aesthetic appreciation, creative thinking, and experimentation. As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Music offers a single undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Arts. Yet at the same time, the department engages with programs and departments from around the campus; the Concentration in Computing in the Arts is but one example. Whereas music education is not taught at Cornell (nor does Cornell offer pre-professional undergraduate degrees in performance, music theory, or music therapy), music majors have gone on to varied careers: musicology, composition, performing, conducting, teaching at the primary or secondary level, and arts management. Others have pursued careers outside of music, in medicine, law, and many other areas.

World-Famous Faculty

Cornell’s composers, performers, and music scholars shape the character of musical life on campus, and their impact is felt all over the world. Learn more »

An Outstanding Music Library

Music majors, minors, and non-majors alike benefit from the enormous collection of scores, books, recordings, and videos housed in the Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance. Learn more »