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The Earlham Music Department models the belief that all musics are worthy of study. This is reflected not only in the impressive range of our ensembles, it is also woven into the entire music curriculum.

Around our core curriculum are many options that allow students to individualize their study of music within the department. Whereas the Music Studies major gives students a solid liberal arts grounding in music, the Music major — with its various concentrations — gives more focused preparation for graduate schools or other pursuits.

Highlights

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which was completed in 2014, provides state-of-the-art facilities, featuring separate rooms for rehearsing jazz, percussion and Javanese gamelan. There's also an acoustically superb recital hall, which doubles as rehearsal space for orchestra and choir, as well as sonically isolated practice rooms and teaching studios equipped with Steinway pianos.

We have particular distinction in the areas of computer-generated music, Latin jazz, percussion, ethnomusicology, the musics of Indonesia and Eastern Europe, and non-canonic choral music, along with many other strengths. Our offerings in musicology are as broad-ranging as are our ensembles, and challenge students to think about music from multiple perspectives.