First-Year Students’ Guide

On behalf of the Music Department, welcome to Carleton College! We encourage you to continue to develop your interest in music as part of your studies. Please be assured that many Carleton students take private lessons and/or participate in ensembles in addition to their three 6-credit courses. We encourage you to fill out the Music Interest Form to indicate your interest in music lessons or ensembles. After you fill it out, a faculty member will be able to get in touch with you to provide more information and resources. 

Music Fest

For information about private lessons, ensembles, and classroom courses, please come to Music Fest in the Concert Hall (Music and Drama Center) during New Student Week. This year's Music Fest is on Wednesday, September 7, 3:00-4:30. You will meet the music faculty, get to know other students interested in music, and learn how to get involved!

Auditions and Placement

The following links contain information about auditions and placement during New Student Week for ensembles, private lessons, and music theory

In addition, the following may be useful for students interested in music: 

Classroom Courses - Click here to see a list of all classroom courses offered in the Music Department.  Please note that the Academic Catalog listing of courses for the upcoming year may not yet be posted.  For the up-to-date Music courses, go to the Registrar's Office Schedule of Classes/ENROLL site:  https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/registrar/schedule/.

Music Major - Click here for information about the Music Major.

Other Questions

If you have a question that wasn't answered here or in our FAQ, please contact Diane Fredrickson (dfredric@carleton.edu), Department Administrative Assistant, or the current Student Departmental Adviser.