Global perspectives and performance opportunities

The Earlham College Music Department offers a wide range of courses in music within the context of the liberal arts tradition. Our music majors study both Western and non-Western music, and students from all disciplines participate in our many classes and performing ensembles. The department prides itself on innovative approaches to teaching and a full range of courses in ethnomusicology.

Music majors are able to pursue other areas of interest, including off-campus study and double majors in other fields. Grounded in a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, nearly half of Earlham alumni pursue advanced degrees within 10 years of graduation. Earlhamites have attended graduate degrees in music at Indiana University, University of North Texas, University of Hawaii, Yale and elsewhere.

Musical Earlhamites

Jeremy Reed
Discovering Ethnomusicology

Heavy metal drummer Jeremy Reed '14 combined his interests in Middle Eastern music, anthropology and percussion to discover his passion.

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J. Peter Burkholder
Making Music History

More than a decade ago, an editor from W.W. Norton Company asked J. Peter Burkholder ’75 for his opinion of the latest edition of A History of Western Music by Donald Jay Grout. The man from Norton was most likely expecting praise.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
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