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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.

    • Hamilton College

      Hamilton College Save

      198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
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      High on a hill in upstate New York, and thus not technically in New England, Hamilton is nevertheless a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, who lent his name to ... learn more

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

      Wellesley College Save

      106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
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      Inclined to send out posters featuring flowering trees and shrubs in front of elegant architecture, Wellesley is much more than beautiful, given its intellectual heritage. Alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 turned in one draft as the college's first student commencement ... learn more

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

      Claremont McKenna College Save

      500 E 9th St, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "If I had a personal talk with God about creating a great school, He would create CMC," says an obviously satisfied student at truly exceptional Claremont McKenna College in sunny Claremont, California. CMC - one of the five "Claremont Colleges" ... learn more

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

      Boston College Save

      140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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      A Jesuit institution on the far end of the mass transit "T" serving the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is more university than college. Its enrollment, graduate programs, and commitment to Division I sports—including a colossal football stadium ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Tulane University of Louisiana

      Tulane University of Louisiana Save

      6823 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
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      Laissez les bon temps roulez, "Let the good times roll," is the motto of New Orleans, but Tulane offers more than Mardi Gras. Located across the St. Charles streetcar tracks from Audubon Park, the campus is expansive and, by virtue ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • College of William and Mary

      College of William and Mary Save

      200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23187
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      Before Mr. Jefferson could found a college, he had to attend one: William & Mary. Located in the living museum of Williamsburg, with its recreation of colonial life featuring actors in period costume and speech, William & Mary puts less ... learn more

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

      Vassar College Save

      124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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      "There are no core requirements at Vassar College, a small liberal arts school not terribly far from New York City, and first-year student's courseload can range from ancient Chinese philosophy to a "techno-lit English class" using the Internet. Over four ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Save

      153 A Country Club Road, Campus Box 2200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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      With a beautiful campus in a lovely college town, UNC Chapel Hill may be forgiven—by all but Duke and Virginia fans—for the rhetorical question, "If God isn't a Tarheel fan, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?" The alma ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of California-San Diego

      University of California-San Diego Save

      9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
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      The San Diego campus of the University of California is actually located in the quaint community of La Jolla. UCSD offers a solid liberal arts and science education, and its engineering and science programs are rated particularly high. For fun, ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • New York University

      New York University Save

      70 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012
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      With Washington Square Park at the foot of Fifth Avenue for its Quad, NYU is of the city, rather than simply in it. As the various schools of business, education, performing arts and other disciplines were apparently not enough, NYU ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

      University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Save

      503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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      Long regarded as one of the so-called "Public Ivies," Michigan offers everything from the Residential College, a human-scaled liberal arts experience within the context of a major research university, to the "Big House," a football stadium that holds more than ... learn more

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

      Colgate University Save

      13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346
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      "Colgate University has "snow-covered trees," "big limestone buildings," a vibrant party scene, high quality academics, and professors that cause students to gush with joy. Great liberal arts programs are plentiful here, and a core curriculum is required of all students ... learn more

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

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