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Music

As a music major, you’ll carry the study of music to an advanced level through the integration of performance, history, music theory and composition. Whether oriented toward eventual graduate or professional work in music or a more general approach, you can choose among courses from medieval chant to hip-hop, from classical-era European music to the musics of Latin America and Africa, from electroacoustic music to musical systems from around the globe. We also offer opportunities for performers through individual instruction in piano, violin, voice, percussion and other instruments, as well as through participation in our diverse instrumental ensembles.

Sample Courses

  • Hip Hop from a Global Perspective
  • Thinking with Music
  • Bach and Handel
  • Computers in Music Performance

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like to more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

Approximately 2/3 of 2014-2018 Music graduates reported being Employed and Attending Graduate School at similar rates.

71% of the Class of 2014-2018 Music graduates completed the survey. n = 25

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Financial Services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Education

Where 2014-2018 Music Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Capital One Cyber Security Software Engineer
Cornell University Assistant Director for Digital Marketing
Google Marketing Specialist
Music & Arts Sales Associate
Output Production Coordinator
Visum Development Group VP of New Market Development
Weston Associates Inc Resident Services Coordinator
Workday Software Engineer

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Music
  • Music Therapy
  • School Counseling
  • Musicology
  • Law
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Biological Science

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD
  • JD
  • MEd
  • MLA
  • MMT

Where 2014-2018 Music Graduates Study

  • Brown University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • Washington University in St. Louis