Academic Program Overview

The Academic Study of Music

The academic study of music at Princeton engages a wide range of aesthetic, philosophical, and socio-historical questions.  We embrace an approach to music that is methodologically, geographically, and chronologically broad, one that breaks down conventional boundaries between historical musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, and that views performance and composition as integral to the understanding of music. 

Princeton Undergraduate Students
For decades, we have been the home of the world’s most renowned PhD programs in Composition and in Musicology; we provide a vigorous academic program for undergraduate majors, provide support for students in other departments who may want to include music as part of their independent work, and offer Princeton undergraduates an opportunity to engage with different types of music in the classroom.