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    As a music major, you’ll study the history of music, music theory and composition in addition to practicing playing an instrument for performance. Beyond Bach and Beethoven, you’ll study non-Western music, as well as the folk and blues tradition in North America. In addition to regular classes like music history, music theory and composition, you’ll spend time practicing solo and attending rehearsals to practice with a group. There are regular recitals for peers and professors.

    Most music majors intend to perform, but this course of study can lead to a career as an archivist, arts administrator, composer, music teacher (private lessons or in a school environment) and record labels. The work environment is just as varied: offices, churches, recording studios and private homes. Music majors interested in directing or conducting a symphony usually pursue a master’s degree. But, the degree isn’t limiting by any means. Juanita Kidd Stout, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (and the first African American woman elected to a judgeship in the US) was a music major.

    • Harvard University

      Harvard University Save

      Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
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      North America's oldest college, founded in 1636 and located in Cambridge across the Charles River from Boston, Harvard is a remarkable place that considers itself a remarkable place. Crimson undergraduate life begs a bullet-proof ego to help ensure success, because ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology Save

      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
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      Something of a fantasy camp for world's top geeks, where elaborate practical jokes known as "hacks" are an art form, MIT sits proudly on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Tour guides explain how many Smoots it takes to ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Yale University

      Yale University Save

      Woodbridge Hall, New Haven, CT 06520
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      Founded in 1701 by those who felt Harvard had lost its way, Yale took as its Latin motto Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth, to suggest that those in Cambridge could no longer see the Veritas. Thus was the Harvard-Yale ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Princeton University

      Princeton University Save

      1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544
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      Situated in an affluent New Jersey college town rather than a city, Princeton is bright, beautiful, and sometimes a little smug. It is no accident that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise about his years here. Those who ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Stanford University

      Stanford University Save

      Stanford, CA 94305
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      Younger than the Ivies and sunnier, too, Stanford has become the nation's most selective institution by providing a world-class education to those dreaming of Silicon Valley riches, as well as those with Olympic medals on their minds. In fact, given ... learn more

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    • Columbia University in the City of New York

      Columbia University in the City of New York Save

      West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Founded in 1754 as Kings College, Columbia needed a new name when students like Alexander Hamilton won the American Revolution. Benefitting from the Manhattan Renaissance of the past 20 years, Columbia now has single-digit selectivity. Its long commitment to the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Chicago

      University of Chicago Save

      1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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      On a collegiate gothic campus built with Rockefeller money in a setting like the East Coast urban Ivies but in the Midwest on the Windy City's South Side, the University of Chicago is sometimes called "the place where fun goes ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Dartmouth College

      Dartmouth College Save

      207 Parkhurst Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
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      The only Ivy with the feel of a college rather than a university, Dartmouth is a haven for undergraduates. Its idyllic setting in a classic New Hampshire town comes complete with Dartmouth’s own skiway. Famous for traditions like the Homecoming ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Vanderbilt University

      Vanderbilt University Save

      2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
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      The bookstore apparently does not sell a t-shirt that reads, "Vanderbilt…It Even Sounds Expensive," but it could, because the campus, a registered arboretum, looks like it costs plenty. Great academics, southern charm, SEC football, and the bright lights of Music ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Brown University

      Brown University Save

      One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
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      By contrast to Columbia's curriculum that includes courses required of all students, Brown has long offered the most open-ended Ivy program, with self-designed study leading to concentrations rather than traditional majors. The "choose your own adventure" ethos may contribute to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • University of Pennsylvania

      University of Pennsylvania Save

      34th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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      Founded by practical polymath Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania comprises the Wharton School of Business, Engineering, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Greek life and chants of "Let's Go, Quakers!" at spirited athletic contests contribute ... learn more

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    • Washington University in St Louis

      Washington University in St Louis Save

      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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