Students can study contemporary music as a major (BA, Contemporary Music), as a minor, or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students can also study this subject as part of the Arts in Context concentration (BA, The Arts). Contemporary Music at Lang is a liberal arts program that emphasizes the cultural and social significance of music in today’s world. You'll explore the global diversity of contemporary music, including popular music; traditional music history, theory, and criticism; and the
evolving technologies used in composing, performing, and listening.
The curriculum highlights creative musical thinking and music making in the spirit of The New School’s tradition of progressive education and experimentation in the arts. Its three areas of focus are
Did you know? For students who want both a liberal arts education and professional training in jazz and contemporary music, The New School offers a five-year dual-degree BA/BFA program.
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is also part of The New School, a leading progressive university in New York City.
Education at Eugene Lang College is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Contemporary music majors go on to pursue advanced studies in fields like musicology, anthropology, history, and media studies and careers as music producers and distributors, arts writers and critics, administrators, and educators.
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Music Program DirectorEvan RapportRapportE@newschool.edu
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