Serious about music ... serious about the liberal arts

Our department of music seeks to distinguish itself among liberal arts college music departments in the United States. Our curriculum is modeled on the best features of a music conservatory, but we are small enough to offer personal attention. We are proud of our excellent performance spaces and studios.

Two different majors, four concentrations

The music program offers you the choice of two different majors (music major or music & technology major) and four different concentrations, as well as a teaching certificate program in music education. 

Music lessons

We offer applied instruction (private music lessons) on any orchestral or band instrument, as well as classical guitar, voice, harp, piano, organ, harpsichord, jazz piano, jazz clarinet and jazz saxophone. Lesson fees are waived, thanks to the generosity of the Jack Niblack ’98 Music Lessons Fund. Lessons constitute one or two credits, depending on your level, and are graded. They carry the additional requirement of taking a music theory course and performing in a College ensemble for at least the first four semesters of study. Students must audition for lessons, and the audition will form the basis for placement into 1- or 2-credit lessons. Students must audition for lessons, demonstrating at least a moderate facility with their instrument.

Beginning vocalists and pianists may take Basic Vocal Skills or Basic Keyboard Skills, which are one-credit lessons designed for students with minimal background. These lessons are also free, thanks to the Niblack Fund. They require a music theory course as either a prerequisite or parallel registration.

Whether you are contemplating a career in music or simply enjoy learning and making music, the department is here for you.  

Livestreams of recent concerts

Connecticut College becomes an 'All-Steinway School'

Nancy Marshall Athey '72 and husband Preston Athey recently made a commitment: An $855,000 gift that has elevated Connecticut College to distinction as an "All-Steinway School" by infusing the College's comprehensive music education program with these top quality pianos. Read the news release.