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Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



Cornell's music major carries the study of music to an advanced level through the integration of performance, music theory and music history. It is designed to accommodate both students who are oriented toward eventual graduate or professional work in music and those who wish to take a more general approach. Music majors from Cornell have gone on to varied careers in musicology, composition, performing, conducting, teaching at the primary or secondary level and arts management. Others have pursued careers outside of music, in medicine, law and many other areas.

Interesting Classes

  • Music and Monstrous Imaginings
  • Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures
  • Mozart in History, History in Mozart
  • Physics of Musical Sound
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Students went on to...

  • Work as an associate medicinal chemist at Merck & Co.
  • Study architecture at Yale University
  • Study harpsichord performance at the Royal College of Music

More Information

More information for the Music major, Music minor, Music graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.