Explore and create the art of sound in the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum. The versatile B.A. in music degree gives you freedom to build your own balance between music and the liberal arts. You’ll study music history, theory and composition, refine your musicianship on your principal instrument, and have the opportunity to engage in a variety of performing ensembles. The B.A. in music is an excellent option if you plan to double major in preparation for a wide range of careers and graduate programs.
Explore the role of faith in the arts as you hone your musical craft in the context of a broad liberal arts education. You’ll compose in our Music Innovation Lab, study one-on-one with acclaimed faculty, and perform with a stunning floor-to-ceiling window view of Coy Pond in our state-of-the-art Phillips Recital Hall, designed by the architect behind the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Seiji Ozawa Hall. Plus, Gordon’s location offers the best of both worlds—a quiet environment conducive to focused study as well as quick access to incredible concerts on campus and in the nearby music and arts hub of Boston.
The depth and breadth of your education in music and the liberal arts will prepare you to think critically, communicate effectively and contribute whole-heartedly while sharing your God-given talent—valuable skills for any career, including:
HEAR FROM A GRAD
M.M. in Flute Performance candidate, Bard College’s Longy School of Music
“My liberal arts education at Gordon truly pushed me to think outside the practice room. It enabled me to learn a new language, provided opportunities for study abroad, and challenged my perspective of faith and culture. Ultimately it equipped me with a greater empathy for my audiences, which is perhaps the most important tool a musician can use to serve others in both performance and life.”
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GO THE EXTRA MILE
Studying music makes you a celebrated part of the fabric that weaves the culture of the performing arts at Gordon. Music students consistently go the extra mile outside the classroom:
Dive into a focused area of music outside of your major curriculum through Departmental Honors. Working under the guidance of an accomplished faculty advisor, you’ll engage with new material as you pursue your own original ideas for a thesis in the form of a research paper, composition or lecture recital.