Study music performance, history, theory, composition and ethnomusicology, and participate in solo and ensemble performance opportunities, all while working with critically acclaimed musical mentors.
Embracing the beauty, form, history and creation of sound, our music major and minor is a study of Western and non-Western music, broadly designed and rigorously focused.
Our instruction is designed to develop skills that include attention to detail, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, and precise and self-assured communication.
Representative courses include History of Jazz, History of Black Song, Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World and Introduction to World Music.
Many students go on to prestigious graduate programs in music and become performers, professors, arts managers, critics and more; others enter professional fields like medicine, law and finance.
What You'll Study
- History and theory of Western art music
- Solo and ensemble performance
- Senior colloquium and project
Learning at Pomona
Johnny Wang ’17 and the Pomona College Orchestra
Johnny Wang ’17 was the winner of the 2013 Concerto Competition and performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra in 2014.
Tension in 19th-Century Piano Music
Eron Smith ’16 is investigating musical tension’s meanings and manifestations, its relation to form and harmony, and ways to use it as an analytical/theoretical tool.
My experience has encompassed historical musicology, theory, composition and voice at Pomona, and I’ve been able to explore work in depth, doing summer research with Professor Donna Di Grazia (“Put Me In, Coach!: Music’s Changing Role in the Cultural Experience of Baseball”), performing a voice recital and premiering new music.
Faculty & Teaching
Professors who are globally renowned for their musical excellence and innovation will guide you. They are performers, composers and music historians—and proven mentors who will give you individualized attention and both inspire and collaborate with you.
The opportunities to perform at Pomona College are among the most extraordinary for any liberal arts college. We have a wide range of ensembles for music majors and for non-majors. They collaborate together, regardless of their area of study. The involvement in music ensembles and in coursework here in the music department is open to everyone.