Students can combine study of liberal arts and music in the Contemporary Music program at Lang at The New School. Pursue a designated major (BA, Contemporary Music), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). You can also study music 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, examining topics including popular music; traditional music history, theory, and criticism; and the
evolving technologies used in composing, producing, performing, and listening.
The BA music 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 BA/BFA pathway.
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.
Our program is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Contemporary Music majors at Eugene Lang College go on to pursue advanced studies in the fields of musicology, anthropology, history, and media studies. If you're interested in a career as a music producer or distributor, arts writer or critics, administrator, or educator, our BA in music may be the right fit for you.
Learn more about degree requirements, the passionate faculty you'll be studying with, and how you can take courses in our Contemporary Music program as a minor.
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Prospective students with questions about the Contemporary Music major:
Stefania de Kenessey
Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Contemporary Music
UndergraduateBA The ArtsBA Culture and MediaBFA Jazz and Contemporary MusicBM at Mannes CollegeBA/BFA Dual-Degree Jazz and Lang
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