Program Overview

Grow in your skills and knowledge about music-making.

As a Music major, you'll balance performance, theory, and history, and have the opportunity to take courses in ethnomusicology and world music. You'll also be able to tailor a course of study to fit your needs.

While students at conservatories prefer a strict focus on one discipline, Agnes Scott students tend to have broad interests, which means that many music majors choose double majors or pursue meaningful co-curricular interests like athletics along with their music. If performance is important to you, small classes mean that you will have many opportunities to perform. Students also have the opportunity to pursue interests in composition or world music, as well as individual or ensemble performance. Instruction is available on all modern orchestral instruments, keyboard, and voice, as well as jazz, improvisation and accompanying.

Students listening in class.

What You'll Learn

The program offers majors a balanced approach to the study of the history, theory, and performance of music; and it ends with a capstone senior seminar. Music majors and minors pursue a course of study that emphasizes one of the primary areas within the discipline—music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, as well as performance. Students also have the opportunity to pursue interests in composition or world music, as well as individual or ensemble performance. You'll learn:

  • Critical listening skills, leadership, and personal responsibility necessary to collaborate with others in performance
  • How to use your voice or instrument effectively in order to improve specific areas of musicianship
  • About music from Western culture and different traditions around the world

Program Highlights

Music Internships and Experiential Learning

Our faculty and staff help students find opportunities that will provide them with a wide variety of experiences. Music majors have participated in a music therapy program with a board-certified music therapy practice called Allegrow! Music, Inc, worked at Daemon Records, a not-for-profit label run from the artists’ perspective; and interned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Artist Affiliates and Guest Musicians

In addition to the core faculty of the music department, instruction in specific instruments and genres are offered by a team of over 15 artist affiliates, most of whom are professional musicians. Agnes Scott’s Atlanta location means that you will have access to talented musicians who teach as artist affiliates no matter what your instrument or musical interest. The department also invites two to three Kirk Visiting Artists each year for master classes and performances on campus. These are noteworthy performers in their fields, including singer-songwriters, jazz musicians, Broadway/opera singers, and classical virtuosos.

Ensembles and Student Organizations

The music department sponsors eight different ensembles of varying sizes and disciplines: Collegiate Chorale, Sotto Voce, Joyful Noise Gospel Choir, ASC Community Orchestra, String Chamber Ensemble, Keyboard and Winds Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and World Percussion Ensemble. The Sigma Alpha Iota music service fraternity is an organization that promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music, providing important lifelong connections. The organization also provides scholarships and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. The Luchsingers are Agnes Scott’s student-run acapella group. Each of these ensembles and organizations provide unique opportunities for music majors to connect and hone their craft.

Meet the Faculty

Tracey Laird

Tracey E.W. Laird

Harry L., Corinne Bryant, and Cottie Beverly Slade Professor of Music

Jason Solomon

Jason W. Solomon

Associate Professor/Chair of Music

Qiao Solomon

Qiao Chen Solomon

Associate Professor of Music

Working in Music

Our low student-to-faculty ratio also means you get more one-on-one time with music professors who have a wide range of experience inside and outside western concert music, giving you support as you choose your path forward.

Performing and teaching are the two most common careers in music, but those alone don't begin to cover what music majors can pursue once they graduate- entrepreneurial skills, the ability to use the latest relevant technology, and some basic business skills like marketing, are also useful in every area of music, and beyond.

  • Media/Recording Sales
  • Music Teacher
  • Nonprofit Coordinator
  • Promotion Staffer
  • Orchestra Performer
  • Freelance Musician

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