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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.

    • Macalester College

      Macalester College Save

      1600 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
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      "The facilities are exceptional and the academics at this "rigorous" liberal arts college in the Twin Cities are "second to none." The "cold" and dreary winters are a downer for some, but financial aid is good at Mac, and the ... learn more

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

      Lehigh University Save

      27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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      Set on a slope so steep that a graduate invented the escalator after one too many hikes from his classes and dining hall back up to his dorm room, Lehigh University offers strong programs not only in engineering, but also ... learn more

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

      Franklin and Marshall College Save

      College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604
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      "Professors are very knowledgeable" and "the deans and administration are awesome" at Franklin & Marshall College, an outstanding liberal arts college about an hour from Philadelphia. Be prepared if you come here, though: the demanding workload is, in the words ... learn more

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

      University of Tulsa Save

      800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
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      The University of Tulsa is an urban school in a large metropolitan area that is affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Study abroad opportunities are available in over 25 countries and the school offers a variety of majors including engineering, psychology, ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Miami

      University of Miami Save

      University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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      Located in suburban Coral Gables rather than where parents fear—on South Beach—the University of Miami is a rising star among private universities, in large part due to the unflagging efforts of Donna Shalala. Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin before ... learn more

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

      University of Richmond Save

      28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173
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      On attractive, traditional, red brick campus straddling a lake in a suburban residential area on the west side of Virginia's capital city, the University of Richmond offers five different academic programs, highlighted by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, which ... learn more

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

      Brandeis University Save

      415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454
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      "The "academic opportunities are awesome" at relatively young Brandeis University (founded in 1948), a liberal arts school in suburban Boston with world class research programs, "amazing" professors, and a slew of great undergraduate programs. About one in six Brandeis grads ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • California State University-Long Beach

      California State University-Long Beach Save

      1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
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      Thanks to the exceptional President's Scholars Program (which awards scholarships of $25,000 and up), there are more state high school valedictorians at beachfront Long Beach State than any other California school. There are also great women's volleyball and softball teams, ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Davis

      University of California-Davis Save

      One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
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      The Davis campus of the University of California is located in rural Davis, near Sacramento. The school's programs run the gamut from the arts and sciences to business and education, and students here give high marks to the school's technology ... learn more

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

      Lafayette College Save

      High St, Easton, PA 18042
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      On a hill above Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City, Lafayette College combines the personal-attention virtues of the liberal arts with a professional engineering program and the campus spirit of Division I athletics. Competing with nearby Lehigh in ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • College of the Holy Cross

      College of the Holy Cross Save

      One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
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      "It goes without saying that you will always give 110%" at Holy Cross, an excellent Catholic liberal arts college where "grading is difficult" and "enthusiastic, dedicated, and involved professors" are the norm. Students here describe themselves as "conservative, driven, and ... learn more

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

      George Washington University Save

      2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
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      GW is to DC what NYU is to NYC and BU is to Boston: a busy urban experience that doesn't just speak, but fairly shouts to the career-oriented pre-professional. Located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, close by the ... learn more

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

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