Manhattanville's music programs offer broad opportunities both for the music major and the liberal arts student. It is in pursuing that dual purpose, to train future professionals and to serve the aesthetic needs of the liberal arts major, that the core philosophy of the Music Department is most apparent.
The faculty seeks to provide performance experiences for majors and non-majors and encourages all students to explore broader intellectual horizons by enrolling in a wide variety of courses. The Manhattanville music curriculum allows for a strong emphasis on creativity and individual expression without sacrificing the development of necessary skills and selfdiscipline.
Courses are available for all college students in specialized areas of music education, musical performance, musical theatre, music management, music technology, music history, music theory and composition and jazz studies. Participation in and appreciation of live musical performances are essential within the music department, and the department presents many regularly scheduled concerts and recitals. All music majors are required to attend performances as part of course and major requirements. Students who do not take part in the musical life of the College will not be able to major in music.