Students walking toward King
A guitar student and friend approach the King Building. Photo credit: Janine Bentivegna
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

Department Affiliation

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8297

Why Study Musical Studies at Oberlin?

Study Away Programs
Associated Faculty
Variety of Courses

Arts and Sciences Orchestra

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, including the Arts and Sciences Orchestra led by Phillip Highfill. Music studies majors are eligible to perform with a student ensemble to add to their musical experience and enrich their course of study.

Sample Courses

  • CMUS 100 - Introduction to Western Art Music 4 credits
  • CMUS 103 - Introduction to the Anthropology of Music: Case Studies from around the World 4 credits
  • CMUS 130 - General Music Theory 4 credits
  • CMUS 300 - Musical Studies Senior Seminar 4 credits

Musical Studies News

A guitarist is seated by microphones and a music stand

Learning the Secrets of Songwriting

February 17, 2016
This winter term, a small group of students participated in a songwriting workshop led by noted singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche ’03.