The Musical Studies Program is for arts and sciences students with serious preparation for and interest in the study of music within a liberal arts setting. You may declare the major at any time after you have identified an advisor in the conservatory.
Students take courses in both the College of Arts and Sciences and Oberlin Conservatory. These courses include musical foundations, music theory and aural skills, musicology, applied study, and private instruction. Each student also takes concentration courses that support their individual interests.
We require all majors to participate in a Musical Studies Proseminar.
In addition, you are required to take at least two semesters of such faculty-led music ensembles as the Oberlin Orchestra, Musical Union, Oberlin College Choir, Oberlin Singers, Oberlin Wind Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan, Brazilian Ensemble, Oberlin Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theater, and other ensembles directed by conservatory faculty.
These groups represent the many student, faculty, and professional performance groups that present the more than 500, mostly free, public concerts and recitals on campus each year.
Students wishing more intense study or who plan to attend graduate school should consider the Musical Studies Honors Program. Consult with an advisor or a member of the Musical Studies Committee to ensure appropriate coursework for the major.
The program does not offer a minor.
Double Degree Program
The Oberlin community is known for academic and musical excellence. Oberlin College offers a remarkable opportunity to students who want to combine rigorous preprofessional music training with a broad liberal arts education.
In as few as five years, double-degree students may complete coursework for the Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.