"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
- Charlie Parker (1920-1955)

Trinity College's Music Department is a place to make music and to learn about it; to practice, perform, study, and create. The teachers in the department have made this an environment where making music, thinking and talking about music, and understanding music are taken seriously; and a place where commitment to high standards is matched by a concern for developing the talents of each individual student.

A Rich and Diverse Curriculum

As a group, Trinity's music faculty offer their students a curriculum designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of music in all its forms, western and non-western alike. Course offerings range from performance to academic classes, from medieval music to modern sounds, from Beethoven to rap to samba. Students majoring in music at Trinity are required to complete courses in music theory, history of western music, and world music; a guided elective chosen from one of three special topic areas; an advanced course at the 400 level; three elective courses; and musical performance. The electives may be selected from a curriculum full of interesting choices, representing both performance and academic concentrations. Among the topics offered are:
  • Composition

  • Investigating Music and Culture

  • World Music

  • Topics in 20th-Century Music: Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré

  • Toca Brasil!

  • Concert Choir

  • Topics in World Music: Latin American and Caribbean Music

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • American Popular Music

  • Mozart and 18th-Century Music

  • Instrumental Ensemble

Numerous courses offered by the Music Department reach out across disciplines, connecting to other departments and programs. Such offerings as Music of Black American Women and Topics in World Music create links to fields as diverse as American studies, women's studies, and anthropology.

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