Franklin & Marshall College is an outstanding destination for those who wish to pursue the study of music in an intellectually engaging liberal arts environment.

The Music Department offers a wide variety of classes dedicated to the study of music, including classes in music history, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, global popular music, and conducting. The department has recently revised the Music curriculum. The new curriculum will be offered  beginning Fall 2021. Details about the new graduation requirements can be found here.

Students also have the opportunity to perform with their talented peers in our performing ensembles. These include the College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Jazz Combo, two orchestras, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, African Drumming Ensemble, and various chamber groups. In addition, students can take private vocal or instrumental lessons with our highly renowned teachers. These offerings are open to all F&M students, regardless of their major.

Because F&M believes there is a strong correlation between fine musicianship and academic success, we offer a number of unique programs for prospective and current music students. These initiatives are intended to emphasize the importance of musicians to the Franklin & Marshall community.

Prospective & Current Students

With music auditions, prospective students may showcase their musical talents and supplement their admission application.


Music Information for Applicants

Find out more about applying to F&M, both early and regular decision.

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Tell us about your music interests and abilities!

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Check out the awards and opportunities for enrolled students

Click "Read More" to learn about the Adams/Gustafson Achievement Award,  Solo & Concerto Competition, Music Composition Contest, Senior Recitals, and Nolt Music Award.

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Common Hour - The Conductors of F&M
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The Conductors of F&M

the F&M Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble in concert 

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Election Season at F&M

When junior Liz Joslin began interning for Josh Shapiro, she never expected to go viral on TikTok alongside Pennsylvania’s Governor-Elect.  

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Making Connections: Exploring the Role of Emotion in Music...

A hallmark of the F&M first-year experience is a small, disucssion-based course that takes place in the seminar room of their College House. This week, we delve into Music and Emotion, taught by...

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