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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.

    • Grinnell College

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      1121 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112
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      "Small Grinnell College in Iowa offers the kinds of "learning opportunities that intellectually curious students dream of" and an open approach to a liberal arts education. Grinnellians are a "pretty laid back," "smart, liberal, and opinionated" bunch - high school ... learn more

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

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      14. E Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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      "This small, unique liberal arts college breaks up its academic year into three-and-a-half-week blocks ("the block plan") during which students concentrate on a single course. Courses are "intense" and the workload can vary wildly, but students who stick around love ... learn more

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

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      1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "Scripps College is the women's college in the Claremont Colleges cluster (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). Overall, 2500 courses are available to students here, and nearly all classes are "very small." Professors are accessible and receive high ... learn more

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

      Bucknell University Save

      One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
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      "Although it's isolated from "any form of civilization," Bucknell University is the ultimate college experience, according to its students. Here in the "hidden valley," you can have the multiplicity of majors and research opportunities offered by a huge, impersonal state ... learn more

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

      University of California-Irvine Save

      501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
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      The Irvine campus of the University of California is located about an hour from Los Angeles, and provides a research-oriented education in the arts and sciences. Irvine's programs in science are legendary. The school is a mere five minutes from ... learn more

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

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      4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901
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      "This small, selective college located in the "frozen tundra" of the Maine "not far from civilization" offers a great liberal arts education. The "wealthy" students at Colby College work intensely, party with determination, exercise religiously, and rarely leave campus when ... learn more

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

      University of Rochester Save

      Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627
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      "The "tough" but "extremely rewarding" University of Rochester has traditionally been known best for math and science but the "home of the Bausch & Lomb scholars and Xerox" has enough diversity in its academic offerings to "dispel the myth that ... learn more

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

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      1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "Pitzer is a place for individuals," and by far the most "flexible" and liberal of the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). The "not-exactly-gorgeous" campus is dotted with "student murals and the occasional hammock," but ... learn more

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

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      360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
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      Not long ago a commuter school with convenient "T" service running down the middle of Huntington Avenue, Northeastern has made the most of Boston's long-running general allure for many students, and Cooperative Education's specific appeal to this career-oriented generation and ... learn more

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

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      300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106
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      Set on a traditional collegiate gothic campus on high ground in the gritty capital city of Hartford, Connecticut, Trinity has a preppy-jock ethos furthered by strong academics, excellent athletics, and traditional Greek life. When you visit the admissions office, you ... learn more

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

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      Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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      The laid back University of California's Santa Barbara campus enrolls about 19,000 undergraduate students in a variety of programs in the liberal arts and sciences to business and technology. Student's claim the Santa Barbara campus has one of the nation's ... learn more

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

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      3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
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      "Reed College is so tough. How tough is it? About half of Reed freshmen make it through all four years. This despite the fact that grades, while recorded, are neither reported nor discussed. For those intelligent and work-obsessed students who ... learn more

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

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