Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Founded in 1912 as one of the five schools of the College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music offers conservatory level programs within a world-class university environment.

Preparing for a career in music requires talent, commitment, and a stimulating educational environment. Our students experience one-on-one training with master teachers, strong ensemble and chamber music programs, and numerous opportunities to hone their performance skills.

Our faculty members provide students with a diverse tool-kit to prepare for success in the 21st century. Twenty-two members on the School of Music’s faculty are members of the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. All courses and lessons for music majors are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Our faculty members’ professional experience also helps attract world-renowned guest artists.

From performance ensembles and opera productions to chamber music and recitals, you will find yourself surrounded by world-class musicians and aspiring talent. Our distinguished alumni populate the ranks of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, opera companies and conservatory faculties including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Harvard University, Boston Pops, BBC Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago and many more.

In addition to Bachelor of Fine Art, Carnegie Mellon School of Music offers many undergraduate interdisciplinary study opportunities. There are traditional double majors and dual degree options, as well as the unique BXA and IDeATe programs. Undergraduate interdisciplinary degrees are offered in the Humanities, Sciences and Computer Science through the BXA Intercollege Degree Program, while Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences. Additionally, the Bachelor of Science in Music & Technology is offered jointly by the School of Music, the School of Computer Science and the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

A very special kind of young musician populates the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. The students here are intelligent, curious, ambitious and energetic, with musical talent in abundance. Each time I encounter them – in class, in rehearsal, or in the hallways – I am grateful that the future of our art is in such good hands.”

Denis Colwell, Head of the School of Music

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