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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.

    • Johns Hopkins University

      Johns Hopkins University Save

      3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218
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      Originally founded as a research university for graduate students, Johns Hopkins backed into undergraduate education in a way different from most elite institutions. More serious of mind than its Ivy League rivals, Hopkins hosts plays at the Division I level ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • Haverford College

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      370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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      "With its tradition of excellence in the liberal arts, Haverford College demands intense study from its 1100 or so students. Under Haverford's Honor Code, "all examinations are self-scheduled and unproctored" and 'Ford students participate in most academic committees and have ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Middlebury College

      Middlebury College Save

      Old Chapel, Middlebury, VT 05753
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      On a stunning western Vermont campus that is like Williams in rural setting and Conn College in architectural stone, Middlebury is a great college for the smart, outdoorsy, and linguistically talented. Never an easy place to gain admission, Middlebury has ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Washington and Lee University

      Washington and Lee University Save

      204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450
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      In Confederate icon Stonewall Jackson's hometown, Washington College changed forever when General Robert E. Lee needed a job after the Civil War and became president in 1865. Initiating the Honor Code when a student tried to lie to him about ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

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

      Emory University Save

      1390 Oxford Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
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      Flush with Coca Cola money in the 80's, Emory (with Wash U) led the way in offering large scholarships to National Merit Scholars, thereby raising its profile—at least in rankings based upon standardized tests. On an attractive campus in a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Carleton College

      Carleton College Save

      One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057
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      "The 1,900 or so students at Carleton College tell us their little liberal arts school in a small, snowy, mostly uneventful Minnesota town has very few negative attributes. They say Carleton "has the integrity, drive, and pride of any great ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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      The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

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

      Barnard College Save

      3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on its own campus, with its own faculty, library, dorms, dining hall and student center, Barnard is also part of Columbia University. Women fortunate enough to be accepted here thus have access ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Virginia-Main Campus

      University of Virginia-Main Campus Save

      1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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      Founded and originally designed by statesman, scholar and architect Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has the heritage and pedigree of the nation's finest private institutions, with the funding and admissions realities of a flagship public institution. Given that the ... learn more

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

      Davidson College Save

      405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
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      "According to students on Davidson's beautiful, wooded campus, almost every conversation "either begins with or ends with a description of all the work we have to do and how no one will ever be able to get it done." Professors ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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