Duke’s undergraduate music curriculum is designed to cultivate the wide-ranging interests and abilities of its students while providing them with a coherent approach to understanding the techniques and history of music. Its offerings encompass the many ways that we perform, create and comprehend music.

The music major is flexible and may be shaped to emphasize any of the various subspecialties of the field, including preparation for graduate work. The goal of the major is to develop a depth of analytical, historical, and aesthetic understanding, as well as enhance the specific aural and physical capacities necessary for good musicianship. These skills will provide the music graduate with a foundation for future learning in a variety of fields.

Wenjia Xu (Duke Class of 2014) created a composition that melds his two majors, Music and Biology. "Elemental Suite" assigns musical properties to the elements that make up our universe. By manipulating and combining these representations, Xu builds complex molecules, eventually creating a musical representation of DNA. (Video by Libi Striegl)

Undergraduate News

Duke senior Rowena Gan talks about math and music

Congratulations to our graduates and departmental award winners

    • Harish Eswaran
Major in Music Harish Eswaran Graduation with Distinction for his Senior Violin Recital which featured his original composition, “Carnatic Concerto” for Carnatic & Western Violin with Violin, Cello, and Mridangam. (Performed with Abigail Lin, Michael Lin, violins; Arjun Raghavan, mridangam; Won-Ji Lee, cello; and the composer, Harish Eswaran, Carnatic…
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2015-16 Composition Competition

    • DSO Beethoven's Ninth
The Department of Music 2015-16 Composition Competition will commission a student in the undergraduate program to write a new work for the Duke Symphony Orchestra. The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $500. In addition, the Music Department will cover the cost of printing the score & parts.…
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Master Classes: Spring 2015

    • William Conable
All master classes are free and open to the public. CELLO MASTER CLASS WITH WILLIAM CONABLE Tuesday, January 13 @ 5 pm Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASS WITH WILLIAM CONABLE Thursday, January 15 @ 7:30 pm Room 101, Biddle Music Building William Conable enjoys…
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Master Classes, Fall 2014

    • Heliand Consort
All master classes are free and open to the public. WIND INSTRUMENT MASTER CLASS WITH HELIAND CONSORT Thursday, October 16 @ 5 pm Bone Hall, Biddle Music Building Heliand Consort (Elisabeth LeBlanc, clarinet; Rachael Elliott, bassoon; and Cynthia Huard, piano) is a dynamic group of virtuoso musicians who perform…
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