Music is a basic part of the fabric of our life, and nowhere is that more obvious than at Princeton. Princeton’s Department of Music is at the epicenter of a musical culture that is broad and deep, reaching from edge to edge of the campus, from the classroom to the concert hall, and from faculty-led groups to those run exclusively by students. Learn more
Princeton’s program in Musical Performance provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills as musical performers within a liberal arts context. The program provides a foundation upon which students may build to go on to further training, such as conservatory study at the graduate level. Enrollment in the program is limited to juniors and seniors, but students may begin taking the courses that count toward certificate requirements in the freshman year. Students prepare a major performance project during either their junior or senior year. The music department fully subsidizes the cost of private lessons with department teachers.
The teaching staff at Princeton includes highly respected freelance and orchestral performers from the New York- Philadelphia area. In addition, each year specialists in various aspects of performance are brought to the department to teach courses and work with students on an individual basis. Master classes have been taught by pianist Gary Grafman; jazz artists Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, and Bob Mintzer; violist Samuel Rhodes; and Nash Ensemble of London.
Princeton also offers several outstanding performing ensembles. Each of these groups enjoys an ambitious touring schedule. [close]