There were fewer than seven students in both classes. The professor was absurdly accessible and a lot of fun. It was cool to see everyone enjoy themselves. ”
Rachel Schachter C’14
on Music Theory I and II

Within the context of a liberal arts education, the Drew University Music Department nurtures and supports the development of a well-rounded and integrated understanding of music through a balanced curriculum providing experiences in historical study and research, solo and ensemble performance, theoretical and style analysis, and original composition work. The foundation of our curriculum is built upon the classical Western European tradition with extensions provided into musics of the world, jazz, popular, and new music practices.

The study of music at Drew extends a student’s comprehension of history and society while also preparing him or her for a career in music. The expression of ideas and emotions through music is integral to every culture. The broadly educated musician is in demand in the recording industry, education, theater, film, television, and radio.

Faculty work closely with students to create a curriculum integrating the study of Music History, Composition/Theory & Performance.

Debut Your Work With Professional Musicians

Callie Corro saw her work come full circle: she wrote a clarinet quartet, found musicians, scheduled rehearsals—and even had the jitters over how her first audience would react.

New Jersey Flute Choir Day: Mar. 18, 2018

The Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day is open to Elementary, Junior High, High School, College students, and adults who play the flute and would like to take part in playing ensemble works scored for piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, and the contra bass flute. All applicants are accepted for participation in the program and are placed in classes according to age and playing experience. Lunch is included.

Amy Williams plays John Cage: Apr. 11 at 8PM, Concert Hall

Lasting just over an hour, John Cage’s groundbreaking Sonatas and Interludes is made up of 20 short pieces: 16 sonatas (structured in two-part or three-part forms) and 4 freely structured interludes. There are dozens of screws, bolts, pieces of rubber, coins, strips of plastic, that are inserted into the strings of the piano to create sounds that are reminiscent of percussion instruments (gongs, woodblocks, cymbals). The unique prepared sounds—sometimes combined with unprepared notes—create a breathtaking array of colors. The piece is literally an emotional journey—through the eight permanent emotions of Ancient Hindu aesthetics: the “white" emotions (the heroic, the erotic, the mirthful and the wondrous) and the “black” emotions (fear, anger, disgust, and sorrow).

This performance will be played on a set of preparations that John Cage himself approved of, given to Amy Williams by pianist Bennett Lerner.

Pre-College Choral Scholars

Do you plan to continue singing in choral ensembles in college? Are you seeking to improve your vocal technique and expand your knowledge of repertoire? The tuition-free Pre-College Choral Scholars program may be perfect for you.

Upcoming Department Events

The Famous Moog Synthesizer

The Moog synthesizer pictured on the cover of the recording of Walter Carlos’ Switched-On Bach belonged to Columbia Records. Sometime around 1978 Lydia Ledeen, then chair of the Music Department, got a call from a friend who worked for Columbia Records asking if we might be interested in acquiring these modules. They had been replaced by newer equipment. Lydia asked Norman Lowrey, at that time our resident composer, and he jumped at the chance.

Already by 1978 this equipment was becoming obsolete. Its manufacturing date was 1968. Only 10 years old. But what a wonderful teaching tool. We’ve now expanded into the digital realm, but the Moog still serves as the starting point for our Electronic Music Composition course. It’s still capable of producing groovy analog sounds like no other synthesizer!