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.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Note: Students majoring in The Arts (BA, The Arts) can enroll in any minor of their choice, including an Arts minor in a discipline different from the one already being studied in their major.
This page outlines requirements for the Contemporary Music minor. Students can also study this subject as a major (BA, Contemporary Music) or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students who major in The Arts (BA, The Arts) can choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they can study music along with a liberal arts discipline.
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 Arts Program Requirements worksheet for The Arts, found here, 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 can pursue deeper study in this subject area as part of their broad study of liberal arts 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
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CertificatesDocumentary Media StudiesCreative Arts and Health
Admission ContactOffice of AdmissionEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
Prospective students with questions about the Contemporary Music major:
Stefania de Kenessey
Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Contemporary Music