A small jazz combo with trumpet, bass, and drums.
Double-degree alumnus Daniel Spearman ’16, a prolific trumpeter, pianist, composer, and bandleader, performs at an Oberlin Jazz Society jam session.
Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein ’23

Musical Pathways

Eight minors and concentrations bridge the College and Conservatory.

Oberlin’s top-rated college of arts and sciences and conservatory of music combine to offer the best undergraduate education in music and the liberal arts.

Whatever the level or nature of your musical interest you can incorporate music into your educational experience—from one of 8 interdivisional programs described below to the musical studies major or the five-year Double Degree Program.

Program Administration

Oversight for these new minors and integrative concentration is with the Conservatory College Interdivisional Curricular Committee (CCICC).

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Program Descriptions

The synergy between Oberlin’s college and conservatory is one of a kind. Rooted in interdisciplinary research and multimedia practice, an array of curricular pathways invites students to explore the art, business, culture and technology of music. These specially crafted academic pathways draw on a range of disciplines and are open to students in both the college and conservatory. Each pathway offers a unique course of study encompassing both well-established and emerging fields.