Music has always been one of the most vital and enduring art forms—it animates the preschool classroom and the Gothic cathedral. As a music major, you’ll focus on the continual development of your performance skills while you explore the story of music in the Western world. Hillsdale’s Core Curriculum requirements will ensure that you receive a more balanced education than is offered by a traditional conservatory approach. And because music is a campus-wide passion—25 percent of non-music majors belong to ensembles, and student performances consistently draw big crowds—you’ll have a wide circle of fellow performers and fans. We offer a wide range of performance opportunities, as well as master classes and clinics with eminent musicians who come to campus as part of our Professional Artists Series. Music is offered as both a major and minor.
Stacey Jones-Garrison, Music
Melissa Gerber Knecht, Music
Theory IRead More
Introduces students to principles of melodic composition and voice leading in species counterpoint in all modes.Read More
Music PedagogyRead More
Students wishing to teach private studio instruction on their primary instrument will study the methods, materials and techniques of private instrument instruction.Read More
Advanced Understanding MusicRead More
Provides non-music majors and non-music minors with prior music experience and those seeking the minor in music with an emphasis in education with an advanced survey of the historical style periods of music via the study of representative composers and works.Read More
The Hillsdale College music department offers scholarships to music majors, music minors, and students of other majors who choose to participate in music.
Over 25 percent of students campus-wide participate in one or more of the music ensembles. While orchestra and choir are the two largest ensembles, students can also receive credit for chamber choir, big band, pep band, chamber ensembles, and many more.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women.
Phi Mu Alpha
Phi Mu Alpha is a national music fraternity for men that purposes to foster brotherhood and serve the advancement of music on the campus of Hillsdale College.
Mu Alpha is an independent men’s music fraternity which seeks to further the musical development of its members and encourage interest in music both on and off campus.