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A guitar student and friend approach the King Building. Photo credit: Janine Bentivegna
Program Overview

Musical Studies

Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Musical Studies

Musical Studies Program majors study everything from video game music to music technology and acoustics. What unites all of these projects is a critical intellectual approach to music.

Why Study Musical Studies at Oberlin?

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Variety of Courses

Oberlin Arts and Sciences Orchestra

Oberlin presents recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, including the Arts and Sciences Orchestra. Musical studies majors are required to participate in at least two approved Oberlin ensembles such as the Arts and Sciences Orchestra. This large ensemble is specifically geared toward college students. The group presents several concerts annually in Finney Chapel.

Sample Courses

  • CMUS 100 - Introduction to Western Art Music 4 credits
  • CMUS 103 - Music As Social Life 4 credits
  • CMUS 130 - General Music Theory 4 credits
  • CMUS 300 - Musical Studies Senior Seminar 4 credits

Musical Studies News

cast of Oberlin Theater Department's production of Cabaret

No Time Like Ngo Time

January 8, 2020
In four short years at Oberlin College, Alex Ngo set his course for a life in music.