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 Ensemble, 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.
Click "Read More" to learn about the Adams/Gustafson Achievement Award, Solo & Concerto Competition, Music Composition Contest, Senior Recitals, and Nolt Music Award.Read More
Curriculum and Faculty
With electronic keyboards, synthesizers and computer software programs, Amanda Peterson explores electronic music and natural sounds to create her composing project.Read More
Scholarly Spotlight features the work of faculty on a regular basis. Here’s a sampling of recent publications by assistant professors in the humanities and social sciences.Read More
The Franklin & Marshall College community was treated to the sounds of Dvorak, Haydn, and alumni composers during the virtual Nov. 18 Common Hour featuring the F&M Orchestra and Symphonic Wind...Read More