Higher Studies in music

Stanford University

The Department of Music at Stanford brings together music-making and scholarly research in composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies. The undergraduate major in Music is based on a course of study that combines breadth of musical experiences across multiple dimensions with depth in a chosen area, allowing students to develop an array of tools as part of their aesthetic and musical formation. Theory, performance, history, cultural contextualization, technology, and science all contribute to a curricular foundation for all majors. Of the required 62 units, 42 comprise the shared foundation. The remaining 20 minimum required units can be devoted to any area of focus listed below, including self-defined exploration. Mentorship under the guidance of a faculty advisor is an indispensable component of this 20-unit requirement.