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)
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