In today’s exciting and evolving world of music, consummate core musicianship must be paired with intellectual agility, cross-disciplinary problem solving, bold creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset. As both a world-class Conservatory of Music and a nationally ranked College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lawrence University is uniquely positioned to deliver the holistic music education required for the 21st century.
With a strong focus on mentorship, Lawrence provides countless opportunities to work closely with faculty for a highly personal and individualized experience.
Lawrence offers four different degree programs, giving you the flexibility to craft a path that fits your musical goals.
- Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Performance, Music Education, Composition, or Music Theory
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music
- 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
In additional to rigorous musical training in lessons, ensembles, theory, and musicology, Lawrence provides opportunities to explore topics relevant to modern musicians, such as entrepreneurship, recording/production, improvisation, and wellness.
Ensembles and Performance
Between multiple bands, choirs, and orchestras, as well as operas, jazz ensembles, musicals, world music ensembles, chamber ensembles, improv groups, and contemporary music offerings, performance opportunities abound at Lawrence – we average 3 performances per day during the academic year. As an entirely undergraduate institution, you will never compete with graduate students for the spotlight.
Engagement Beyond the Classroom
Use your musicianship to 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, the Merit School of Music, and more.
We invite you to explore our current virtual and in-person visit options to learn more about the Lawrence community!