Music is the study of sound as language, and its history, performance and composition.
Worthy of note
We are committed to creativity as well as performance. All our students take composition, history, theory as well as performance courses, which you won’t find everywhere.
Like an eclectic American restaurant—where you can eat a Thai wrap, tabouleh and strudel in the same meal—Drew’s music department reflects diversity of experience. Here you study both Western music and global music. We really want you to be well-rounded.
One student put together a performance combining Lady Gaga, dance and the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. That’s just who she is. All our students are supported and empowered to customize our curriculum to include the music they really love.
Nobody lives by music alone. All famous composers have been interested in a wide range of ideas: social issues, politics, psychology. We offer a full music program and a superior liberal arts education. It’s a rare combination.
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Careers Made easy
Our students have gone on to prestigious graduate performance programs in music. Others are already working performers and composers and conductors. And because Drew offers a really great liberal arts program, some have become physicians and attorneys.
Music faculty insisted on hiring a world-class acoustician when we built our new concert hall. The result is sound that attracts major artists, including Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to perform and record here.
We have so many double majors—music/theatre arts, music/religious studies, music/German, music/neuroscience. Our grads are out succeeding in lots of fields, and still enjoying the music.
My music history courses add a context and an appreciation to what I studied in music theory. By studying the works of composers from various eras, I’ve acquired a vocabulary of musical techniques to draw upon in my own work.
I intern with Citizen Schools, a program that teams up with middle schools in low-income communities to extend the learning day. The class apprenticeships are taught by professors and college students, and I teach a class on singing and songwriting.
The work I’ve been doing with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in the virtual world of Second Life has made it possible for me to distribute virtual versions of my singing masks, which are then playable in real time with a group of people located from British Columbia to Europe. I’d call myself a sonic dreamer.
Ph.D., Eastman School of Music
Associate professor & chair
I just reconstructed a long-lost, early 20th-century orchestral score for a piano concerto written by an African-American female composer of classical music—Florence Beatrice Price—for the Center for Black Music Research.
Ph.D., University of California–Berkeley
Assistant professor of music, director of choral and vocal studies
The first piece I ever sang in a choir was Johannes Brahms’ masterwork Ein Deutsches Requiem. After that I was hooked. Becoming a conductor then seemed natural because I wanted to relive that joy of making music with others on a daily basis.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Oklahoma
I once had a student tell me that she loves to guess which musical pieces are my personal favorites by the way my face looks when I play recordings of them in class. Outside class, I’m finishing a book exploring what has been controversial about the music composed in France during the Nazi occupation, why we still listen to it and what it means to us today.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
- Associate conductor
College Light Opera Company, Cape Cod
- RBS Sempra Commodities
- Medical student
Drexel University College of Medicine
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My Favorite Course
“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 them.”
Rachel Schachter on Music Theory I and II