Part of the interdisciplinary Arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, the Contemporary Music program explores the global diversity of contemporary musical life along with music’s social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical concerns. It focuses on music composing, performing, and listening practices in historical and theoretical contexts as well as past and present technologies, especially today’s digital media. This liberal arts curriculum highlights creative musical thinking and music-making in the spirit of The New School’s significant legacy of modern experimentation. Learn more about the Contemporary Music program.
Undergraduate students from any school of the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.)
The minor in Contemporary Music requires completion of the following five (5) courses:
Total: 18-20 credits (only two 3-credit music courses can be counted toward any of these categories)
Courses should be chosen carefully, in
consultation with the director of the program. Students pursuing the
Contemporary Music minor are encouraged to download the Program
Requirement Worksheet for The Arts to track their progress. Students
must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill
concentration requirements. Students should refer to the current applicable Lang catalog for the Bachelor of Arts degree completion requirements and confirm their progress in satisfying those requirements with their academic advisor each semester.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect contemporary music as an academic minor; however, they can pursue a deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.
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UndergraduateBA The ArtsBA Culture and MediaBFA Jazz and Contemporary MusicBM at Mannes CollegeBA/BFA Dual-Degree Jazz and Lang
GraduateMM at Mannes College
CertificatesDocumentary Media StudiesCreative Arts and Health
Admission ContactOffice of AdmissionEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
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New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
Prospective students with questions about the Contemporary Music major:
Music Program Director
Stefania de Kenessey