We support a wide range of musical styles and encourage all students interested in making music to join us in a class or an ensemble appropriate to their level.
Jazz Theory and Improvisation I
Explore jazz harmonic and improvisational practice from both the theoretical and the applied standpoint, building toward a performance at the end of the semester.
Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint
What do Amy Beach’s compositions, Rihanna’s songs and Chopin’s etudes have in common? How do composers and musicians manage the intricate relationship between harmony and melody?
Analyze the myriad ways music is sold to the public. How are artists and record companies making money today, and how does that compare to the past?
Major Explorations: Music
Welcome to the Music Department
Whether singing is your passion, or composing, or playing the violin or saxophone, or producing beats and rapping, or writing about music, Amherst is home to many musical opportunities. If you can imagine it, then you can do it.