Northeastern University Department of Music

The Northeastern University Department of Music resides in the College of Arts, Media and Design. At Northeastern, every discipline is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a dedicated focus on maximizing positive, real-world impact on societies, economies and cultures.

We are also a community where creativity is recognized as being at the core of every area of research and practice. The College of Arts, Media and Design includes departments of Music, Architecture, Art & Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media & Screen Studies, and Theatre. Our college serves an essential resource at Northeastern in the search for an understanding of how creativity and imagination are brought to bear in all human endeavors.

The Northeastern University Department of Music offers graduate and undergraduate majors, minors and non-majors a cross-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of music, underscored by real-world experiential learning (including professional “co-op” semesters), cutting-edge technology, and global experience opportunities. Our curricula include the B.A. in Music (with advising paths in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and composition, among others); Music Technology; Music Industry; and flexible opportunities for combined majors across colleges and areas of study (e.g., the humanities, sciences, business and law). We also offer a variety of minors in music disciplines that supplement major concentrations. Also available to advanced musicians is a joint certificate in music performance with the New England Conservatory of Music. All these programs are designed to facilitate flexible options that allow the integration of each student’s evolving interests and aspirations.

Whatever the chosen curricular path, all students at Northeastern have access through the music department to music making at every level of ability through individual lessons, small ensembles, and large ensembles, with repertoire that spans all genres from classical to jazz to folk to popular music, encompassing traditions from around the continent and around the world.

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