Courses (including Ensembles) for First-Year Students

History and Literature; Ethnomusicology

Music 51 - Engaging Music

Expands and refines engagement with composed music throughout history, from plainchant and Palestrina to present-day artists from the classical and popular music worlds. Develops skills of close and critical listening. Open to all students; required for music majors; recommended for potential music majors and minors.

Instructor: Eric Lindholm
GE Area 1
Meeting Times: T/Th 1:20–2:35 p.m.

Music 70 - Ethnomusicology: Theory Method Practice

Examines ethnomusicology (the cultural study of music) as a changing and vital discipline. Focus on the development of ethnomusicological discourse, highlighting its major trends, core ideas, and dilemmas. Topics include attitudes towards cross-cultural musical comparison, the search for universals, insider-outsider epistemologies, definitions of the field and fieldwork, and postcolonial criticism. Letter grade only.

Instructor: Gibb Schreffler
GE Area 1 | Analyzing Difference
Meeting Times: T/Th 2:55–4:10 p.m.


Music 4 - Materials of Music

Engagement with the fundamental materials of music—harmony, melody, and rhythm—and facility in reading and notation. Open to all students.

Course Link: Materials of Music [forthcoming]
Instructor: Genevieve Lee
GE Area 1
Meeting Times: M/W/F 10–10:50 a.m.

Music 80 - Music Theory I

Two-part counterpoint, four-part writing, lead sheet realization, diatonic harmony, and analysis. Ability to read music and some prior musical training required. Two additional musicianship sessions per week. Music Theory Placement test

Instructor: Joti Rockwell
GE Area 1
Meeting Times: M/W/F 10–10:50 a.m.
plus lab either T/Th 8:00–8:50 a.m. or M/W 11:10–12:00 noon

Performance – Lessons

Music 7 - Group Piano

Introduction to keyboard basics and notation. Intended for beginners. Two sections. PERM required to register. Open to all students.

Instructor: Aron Kallay
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: M/W 11:10–12 noon or
M/W 2:55–3:55 p.m.

Registration for individual music lessons takes place at ONLINE at the LESSON REGISTRATION SITE beginning August 17, not through For additional information go to Private Lessons.


Music 10 - Individual Instruction – Level I

Half-hour private music lesson weekly. Open to beginners and advanced students. P/NC only. Cumulative (quarter) credit.  Availability may be limited for some instruments.

Instructor: Various
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: Scheduled individually

Music 100 - Individual Instruction – Level II

Hour-long private music lesson weekly. Interested student must pass a Qualifying Exam on Friday 9/10 or Saturday 9/11. Ask Department Administrative Coordinator Natasha Cockrell (Thatcher 104) or Prof. Alfred Cramer (Thatcher 105) for more information. Half credit.

Instructor: Various
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: Scheduled individually

Performance – Ensembles

All ensembles are half-credit courses and graded P/NP

Music 31 - Pomona College Choir

Large choral ensemble with repertoire drawn from the Western classical tradition from the 16th century to the present written specifically for choral ensemble.

Instructor: Donna M. Di Grazia
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: T/Th 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - Yes; 8/27 through 9/2; sign up through the choral website
1st class mtg: Th 9/2

Music 32 - Pomona College Glee Club

Advanced chamber choir that explores repertoire spanning the 16th century to the present written specifically for small choral ensemble; annual domestic (or international) tour each May.

Instructor: Donna M. Di Grazia
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: Spring only (T 11:10 a.m.–12:40 p.m. and Th 4:10-5:40 p.m.)
Must Students Audition? - Yes; normally, students must also be a member of the Pomona College Choir both semesters. Contact Prof. Di Grazia for details

Music 33 - Pomona College Orchestra

Draws from the full symphonic literature for four different programs each academic year, with repertoire from the 18th through the 21st centuries.

Instructor: Eric Lindholm
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: T/Th 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - Yes; 9/4 and 9/5; sign up in Thatcher lobby (1st floor)
1st class mtg: T 9/7

Music 35 - Pomona College Band

Includes students, faculty, and staff from all of the Claremont Colleges, as well as members of the local community.

Instructor: Graydon Beeks
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: M/W 6:45–8:10 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - No; attend first class meeting or contact Prof. Beeks to express interest
1st class mtg: W 9/8

Music 37 - Jazz Ensemble

Plays in a variety of styles, both on and off campus; instrumentation is flexible according to the specialties of qualifies students.

Instructor: Barb Catlin
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: T/Th 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - Yes; audition sign up online

Music 41 - Balinese Gamelan, Giri Kusuma

Percussion orchestra of bronze gongs and multi-pitched instruments performing music characterized by rhythmic inventiveness and interlocking melodies; no previous experience required.

Instructor: I Nyoman Wenten
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: M 4:15–6:30 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - No; contact Prof. Joti Rockwell to express interest
1st class mtg: M 8/30

Music 42B - Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Introduction to Afro-Cuban drumming with an emphasis on the music of the polytheistic tradition known as Santería; no previous experience required.

Instructor: Joseph Addington
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: spring only

Music 42C - West African Ensemble

Introduction to West African percussion, singing, and dance, with an emphasis on Ghanaian Anlo-Ewe techniques and styles; no previous experience required.

Instructor: Nani Agbeli
GE Area 6
Meeting Times: fall only, M 6:30–9:15 p.m.
Must Students Audition? - No; contact Prof. Gibb Schreffler to express interest
1st class mtg: M 8/30