The Major

The course of study for music majors is best accomplished if spread over three or four years. First year students may start with any music classroom course as well as lessons and/or ensembles. 

Students who are more certain about majoring are encouraged to begin the Music Foundation sequence as first-year students or sophomores. Click here for information about the Music Theory Placement Exam

A student may emphasize performance, music history and literature, theory, non-Western music, or composition. Those interested in teaching music in public schools will receive exceptional preparation at Carleton, but will need to complete a fifth year at another institution offering a Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Music Education degree in order to satisfy various state requirements.

Requirements for the Music Major

Music Major Handbook 2015-2016

The major course requirements, different pathways toward the major, options for the integrative exercise "comps," and a variety of other detailed information about the music major.

S. Eugene Bailey Scholarship

Scholarship program for students who intend to major in music, play an orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds and brass), and plan to participate in one or more of the following Carleton ensembles: Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Jazz Ensemble.

Current Majors

Alumni Profiles