The Music Department is committed to placing music at the center of the liberal arts experience as an integration of musical practice with scholarship. Our curriculum is built around five core ways of knowing music: through performance, creation, analysis, ethnography, and history. We provide a path for students of any level of musical experience (or none at all) to pursue high-level work as music majors in one or more of these areas. We further aim for all students to find each of these ways of knowing available to them for study, and for music majors to gain experience in each area.

Extension of Restricted Hours for Arms Music Center

In light of the college's protocols for opening the spring semester, Arms Music Center will hold reduced hours, from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily, through February 13.

Baltic Musics After the Post-Soviet

Wooden pier extending into the background out to sea

January 21-23, 2022

“Baltic Musics After the Post-Soviet” is an international conference hosted virtually at Amherst College on January 21-23, 2022. The conference brings together scholars and artists working in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and areas connected by the Baltic Sea) and with Baltic musics to document and understand emerging worlds and narratives of Baltic music. The conference is organized by music professors Jeffers Engelhardt and Katherine Pukinskis.

Visit the conference website