Music Composition, Musicology, and Theory


Under the direction of Prof. Max Lifchitz, students learn the fundamentals and techniques of musical composition. With faculty guidance, students also explore their own creativity, while developing the craft required to become a composer. Additional courses in electronic music composition are offered under the direction of Prof. Robert Gluck.


We offer courses in the history of Western Music, from antiquity to today, under the direction of Prof. Nancy Newman. Students can explore Western and non-Western music in courses about Music and Society in Latin America, American Music, Black American Music, Women and Music, Music of the Jewish People, and more!


Students learn topics such as harmony, counterpoint, part-writing, chord structures, sight-singing and dictation, form and analysis, and orchestration. Courses are available for Music majors and minors, as well as non-majors seeking to broaden their musical understanding.