The Music Department provides all Princeton University students—whether they major in Music or another concentration—with the opportunity to learn from a world-renowned faculty of composers, historians and theorists; take instrumental or voice lessons in the private studios of eminent professional performers and performance courses in chamber music, opera, vocal ensembles; audition to perform with our faculty-led ensembles including an African Music Ensemble, jazz groups, choirs, orchestras, a wind ensemble, and a laptop orchestra; and share their passion with local youth through programs offered by Trenton Arts at Princeton. Aspiring performers can take advantage of several study abroad programs, including a double-degree program with the Royal College of Music in London. Students may also participate in a host of student-run groups including numerous a cappella groups, chamber music collectives, an early music ensemble, opera company, composers collective, and a piano collective.
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Majoring in Music
The undergraduate Music Major at Princeton is designed to give students a solid foundation in the criticism, analysis, and composition of music, allowing them to explore the art from a variety of perspectives. Whether our students choose to write music (focus on composition) or write about music (focus on theory and music history), they are encouraged to give full reign to their creative instincts and have the freedom to develop senior thesis projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Students declare their concentration in mid-April of the sophomore year in conference with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, through the Office of the Registrar.
Regardless of their major, students may pursue one of three Certificate Programs: through the Program in Performance, through the Program in Jazz, or the Certificate in Music Theater offered through the Lewis Center for the Arts‘ Program in Music Theater.
Like a “minor” at many other universities, a Certificate Program enables a student to pursue a path of study alongside their major––the Certificate may be complementary, or in a completely different field. Certificates in music are rigorous programs well-suited for serious students and artists.
Participate in an Ensemble
Many hundreds of Princeton students make great music, and life-long friendships, in the dozens of performing ensembles which flourish on our campus.
Register for Instrumental/Vocal Lessons
Immerse yourself in the music you love by taking private instrumental/vocal lessons in the studios of a stellar performance faculty drawn from the leading performers and teachers of the region.Learn More