The goal of the Music major from Amherst College is to provide you with a solid grounding in music theory and the fundamentals of composition, to teach you to think and write critically about music, and to help you achieve a level of sophisticated command in at least one of the following areas: performance; composition; music scholarship (music history, theory, ethnomusicology, and jazz and popular music studies), and music drama and opera studies.
By graduation a major will have the following: 1) knowledge of and appreciation for the craft involved in creating and performing tonal music; 2) knowledge of one or more major time periods in Western music history; 3) the ability to think and write critically about music; and 4) a high level of achievement in at least one major area of musical study (performance; scholarship on a Western or non-Western topic; or composition), knowledge of at least two specialized areas, or knowledge of one specialized area combined with a broad base of knowledge.
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- African Popular Music
- The Symphony Orchestra: Institution, Repertoire, and Performers
- Exploring Music
- Jazz Theory and Improvisation
- Sacred Sound
- The Blues Muse: African American Music in American Culture
- Jazz History to 1945: Emergence, Early Development, and Innovation
- Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesMusic Music History Liberal Arts View 512 other Masters in Music History in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
- Amherst College Writing Supplement
- $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
- School Report
- Secondary School Transcript
International75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
National75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Amherst Center
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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