Northeastern University Department of Music

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.

The Northeastern University Department of Music offers undergraduate and graduate 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.

The majority of music undergraduates complete at least one paid 6-month co-op. Recent co-op placements include: the Seth Meyers Show (NBCU), the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Paramount), a confidential major global tour, Apple Music, Sony Music, Bose, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Lionfish Music LLC, House of Blues, Universal Music Publishing, Live Nation, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Calling All Crows, among many others.

All programs of study are designed to facilitate flexible options that allow the integration of each student’s evolving interests and aspirations.

Undergraduate programs include:

• B.A. in Music (musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and composition, among others);
• B.S. in Music and Psychology
• B.S. with a concentration in Music Technology or Music Industry;
• B.S. in Music and Communication Studies with a concentration in Music Industry;
• B.S. in Physics and Music with a concentration in Music Technology
• B.S. in Engineering and Music with a concentration in Music Technology
• B.S. in Game Design and Music with a concentration in Music Technology

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.

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 and small and large ensembles. Repertoire 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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