Department of Music


Emory University Symphony OrchestraEmory University Symphony Orchestra performing with Janelle Monáe. Photo by Thomas Brodnax.

Led by a comprehensive faculty of more than sixty nationally and internationally recognized artists and researchers, undergraduate and graduate students experience a rich diversity of performance and academic opportunities. Exploring the intersections of scholarship and performance lies at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning. True to the spirit of a liberal arts university, our program embraces music majors and minors, and also welcomes the participation of students drawn from every discipline across the campus.

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Music offers three tracks for fulfilling a major in music: Composition, Performance, Research.  Students must select a track by the end of the sophomore year and fulfill all course requirements in the track in order to earn a major in music.  Emory College allows a double major.

Since significant portions of the music curriculum are based on mastery of sequential study, the department recommends as early a declaration as possible.  Early declaration also allows students maximum benefit from private lesson study, since the department provides a half-subsidy for private lessons for declared music majors.

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The Department of Music presents over 80 concerts each year performed by faculty-led ensembles including the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, the Emory Wind Ensemble, and the Emory Big Band. Auditions for all ensembles are held each year at the beginning of the fall semester.

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