Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Lawrence University delivers a holistic, 21st-century music education to empower musicians who are smart, innovative, entrepreneurial, civic-minded, and collaborative.

As both a world-class Conservatory of Music and a nationally ranked College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lawrence offers music students 4 degree options:

  • Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Performance, Music Education, Composition, or Music Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music – our most flexible music degree
  • Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A) in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation – and for students interested in a broad range of contemporary music styles and instruments
  • Five-year Double Degree (B.Mus./B.A.) in music and at least one other field


Comprehensive Curriculum

In addition to rigorous musical training through lessons, ensembles, and theory and musicology coursework, Lawrence provides opportunities to explore entrepreneurship, recording/production, world music, improvisation, wellness, and a host of minor options.

Ensembles and Performance

Between our bands, choirs, orchestras, operas, jazz ensembles, musicals, world music ensembles, chamber ensembles, improv groups, and contemporary music offerings, performance opportunities abound at Lawrence.


With a strong focus on mentorship, Lawrence provides countless opportunities to work closely with faculty for a highly personal and individualized experience. As an entirely undergraduate institution, you will always be taught by faculty (not graduate assistants) and you will never compete with graduate students for opportunities.


With 99% of our students receiving financial support through scholarships and financial aid, and 75% of our students receiving need-based financial aid, we work hard to make Lawrence affordable for students and families.

Engagement Beyond the Classroom

Affect positive social change through our innovative community outreach program, Music for All. Gain real-world arts experience through internships with the New York Jazz Academy, the Deep Listening Institute, Carnegie Hall Community Programs, the Lyric Opera, and more.

We invite you to explore our current virtual and in-person visit options to learn more about the Lawrence community!

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