At the undergraduate level we offer pre-professional training for those seeking a career in some sphere of music. For those with other career goals but who understand the part that music can play in the quality of our lives, we offer substantive grounding and a lasting source of enrichment. Specialized studies at the M.A-Ph.D. level focus on scholarship (the history and literature of Western music and ethnomusicology) and composition.
We are a department (not a School of Music) within the College of Letters and Science, with an internationally-respected faculty who believe that excellence in teaching flows from excellence in scholarly and creative work. If there is one word that describes our pedagogical philosophy, it is "integration": integration in the curriculum of all the spheres of music study that we teach, so that all our undergraduate students acquire musical competence and experience historical and cultural studies, music theory, composition and improvisation, and of course performance.