Department of Music
Explore a career in music, join an ensemble, learn a new instrument, sing in a musical, or just experience a concert.
The Department of Music is one of the most active departments on campus. Through our vast program of traditional classes, private music lessons, and performance opportunities, you can explore and experience music in ways you can only begin to imagine. Learn about how you could study musical theater, production, recording, world music, composition, performance, and more! We feature a talented and dedicated faculty whe embrace music from a variety of styles from around the globe.
Pathways for Careers in Music
The Department of Music celebrates the diversity of musical experiences – from performance and education to music business and production! Music majors at Washington College develop an individualized program that sets them up for success as they work towards a BA. Students are encouraged to select from among the following pathways:
- Performance (Vocal | Instrumental | Musical Theater)
- Music History and Criticism
- Music Theory & Composition
- World Music & Ethnomusicology
- Music Education
- Recording & Production
Music & Related Minors
A minor is a great way to expand your resume and marketability!
Minor in Music
A minor in Music is a great way to explore your love of music, while pursing other careers. All Music minors take two semesters of Music Theory, as well as 20 additional credits of classes, ensembles, or one-on-one lessons (applied music)
Ethnomusicology & World Music
Using music as an entry into a variety of cultures, social classes, and populations, the discipline of ethnomusicology has become an important field of study for students interested in music education, music performance, music history, performance studies (ritual studies, dramaturgy and ethnochoreology), cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and other interdisciplinary fields.
Arts Management & Entrepreneurship
The interdisciplinary Arts Management & Entrepreneurship program prepares students for careers in the arts by exposing them to this industry’s breadth of professional opportunities, and by arming them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to succeed as organizational leaders and creative entrepreneurs.
The Department houses over a dozen ensembles: from symphonic band to rock band and string orchestra to musical pit orchestra. We welcome students from all majors to participate in our ensembles for as many semesters as you like. Click the link below to see the full list of ensembles available to you!
More about Ensembles
Courses and Lessons
Ensembles not your thing? Join us for a more traditional classroom course, or take lessons to further develop your instrument or learn a new one! Follow the link to learn more about these opportunities. Don't forget to check out our faculty page as well to meet who you may be studying with.
What's special about Music at Washington College?
87% of music department participants are NOT Music Majors. Our ensembles are comprised of talented musicians from across campus!
Every year students from across campus join the music department for winter term trips abroad to culturally and musically exciting destinations like Cuba and India!
The Department of Music love the theater! In the past few years we have presented beloved shows Godspell, Big Fish, Pippin, and Tommy! Opportunities exist for both majors and non-majors, as well as for singers, instrumentalists, designers, and crew.