Creating

Music is a way of thinking. It is expressive, nuanced, and exacting; it elevates and changes us. When we make music, listen to it, or write about it, we are engaged in creating new knowledge.

Exploring

At Duke we explore music from every angle: as performers; as composers; as students of its history and its complex languages; as observers of everything that is musical in the world around us.

Connecting

Studying music develops our capacity for self-expression, and for collaboration. It is a communal art form, inviting us to reach beyond ourselves to connect with other musicians and with our audience.

Undergraduate

Your undergraduate years are a time for creative and intellectual exploration. The Music Department offers many pathways through academic and performance courses that connect to your interests, whether you consider yourself a skilled musician or not. In fact, you can participate in all of our programs whether or not you major or minor in Music.

The Music Department cultivates an environment that:

  • Integrates scholarship, performance, and composition
  • Brings together a close-knit community of students and faculty that support each others’ work and offers a favorable faculty-student ratio
  • Complements studio lessons with academic courses that focus on the repertory you are learning
  • Offers classes that engage other disciplines, including computation, medicine, literature, engineering, film, theater, dance, public policy, and cultural anthropology