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A Sampling:

AMU-100. Music Theory I Traditional harmony and modulation; compositional techniques of Baroque and early Classical composers approached through short written exercises and listening assignments.



AMU-060. From Chant to Mozart
A chronological study of compositions from the ninth century through the time of the French Revolution


AMU-120. Introduction to World Music (Cross-listed with ANT 148)
Music from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe through live performance, lecture, video and audio


AMU-130. American Music
American music-cultures approached through performance, lecture, video and audio


AMU-131. Music of Black America
Black music in America from its African beginnings to present-day pop styles approached through live performance, lecture, video and sound recordings. Special emphasis on gospel, blues, jazz and rap


AMU-133. Music of Latin America
Latin American music-cultures approached through live performance, lecture, video and audio; special emphasis on the musics of Cuba and Brazil


AMU-204. Introduction to Composition
The creation and notation of freestyle compositions with emphasis on individual instruction


AMU-213. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
Emphasis on the composers' contributions to the development of the symphony, string quartet, opera and piano sonata


AMU-220. Music and Culture (cross-listed as ANT 274)
A seminar exploring the relationship between music and culture through live performance, discussion video and audio


AMU-230. Vocal Workshop
Performance and historical study of music written for small vocal ensembles; repertoire from many eras



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The Music Department at Union offers dedicated faculty, diverse course offerings, a variety of ensembles and opportunities for collaboration and personal exploration in a creative environment.

All students with a passion for music can find their niche at Union.

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The arts are an integral part of the Union experience.

Music at Union is a rich and compelling amalgam of many things, including faculty who are practicing musicians and composers as well as dedicated teachers and scholars; diverse course offerings and ensembles; a creative and close-knit learning environment; and opportunities for collaboration and personal exploration.

Our integrated curriculum explores music theory, composition, music history, jazz and world music, with theory courses taught by composers.

You will be encouraged to use your newly acquired theoretical knowledge in compositions of your own almost from the start. In addition to a full major and an interdepartmental major, students may pursue a minor, including one in World Musics and Cultures.

Most courses are open to the general student body, regardless of their major, and students may also enroll in private vocal and instrumentation instruction.

Field trips to Tanglewood, Broadway, concert halls and other venues enhance classroom analysis and discussions. Students are also exposed to diverse perspectives through lectures, performances, recitals and workshops by visiting musicians. There are many faculty-led music groups eager for your participation, including jazz, choral and orchestral groups, a taiko ensemble, an early music ensemble, the Camerata Singers and several a cappella groups.

Music facilities at Union, an All-Steinway School, are based in the Taylor Music Center. The centerpiece of the building is the Fred L. Emerson Foundation Auditorium, an intimate performance space.

Historic Memorial Chapel is used for orchestra rehearsals, and large choral and orchestral performances. The chapel is the site of Union's renowned year-long Chamber Music Concert Series, free to students.

The Peter Irving Wold Center is a hub for those interested in the intersection of music and engineering. The building's Laboratory for Electrical Engineering and Music Research, or Phasor Lab, is a collaborative research space featuring a professional-grade recording studio for both scientific measurements and musical activities.

Students of music also will find enriching learning opportunities beyond campus. The Union winter break mini-term on the Indonesia island of Bali features, among other things, daily group instruction with master performers in gamelan (Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones).

Graduates of our program have gone on to study at some of the nation’s leading music schools and secured jobs in the field as performers, conductors, composers, lyricists and educators.