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Music, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Claremont, CA, United States
Study Music performance at Pomona College, history, theory, composition and ethnomusicology, and participate in solo and ensemble performance opportunities, all while working with critically acclaimed musical mentors.
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Embracing the beauty, form, history and creation of sound, our music major and minor is a study of Western and non-Western music, broadly designed and rigorously focused.

Learning outcomes

Music instruction at Pomona College is designed to develop skills that include attention to detail, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, and precise and self-assured communication.

Representative courses include History of Jazz, History of Black Song, Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World and Introduction to World Music.

Many students go on to prestigious graduate programs in music and become performers, professors, arts managers, critics and more; others enter professional fields like medicine, law and finance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Engaging Music
  • Musical and Cultural Currents in Paris, 1870–1930
  • Music and National Identity
  • Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World
  • A Survey of Western Music
  • Beethoven and his Sphere of Influence
  • History of Jazz
  • Musical Theatre in America
  • Survey of American Music
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Introduction to World Music
  • Listening to American Popular Music
  • Ethnomusicology in Theory, Method and Practice
  • American Maritime Musical Worlds
  • Opera
  • Global Musical Instruments: Routes, Travels, and Transformation
  • Perception and Cognition of Sound in the Modern World
  • History of Western Music: From the Middle Ages to Bach and Handel

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 or fee waiver
  • Test scores for international applicants
  • Standardized test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56284 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56284 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56284 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56284 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Claremont

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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