Contemporary Music

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    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).

    The benefits of exploring contemporary music at a liberal arts college

    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:

    • Popular and global music, both mainstream and alternative, including the musical life of diverse communities in New York City
    • Music technology and new media, including digital production and distribution of music, and the significant role music plays in other artistic media, such as film and video
    • Music theory, history, and criticism, including musical aesthetics, the poetics of song, and the study of music in its many social and cultural contexts

    How our university and New York City enhance your education

    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.

    • The university includes two professional music colleges, Mannes School of Music and the School of Jazz. BA music students can benefit from a dedicated music library and an extensive program of public concerts and music-related lectures, seminars, and conferences.
    • New York City itself presents a wealth of opportunities to experience music of all styles and eras, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and experimental venues like the Kitchen, The Stone, and Issue Project Room.
    • Students have opportunities for internships with local music and arts institutions that draw on the city’s diverse cultural resources for professional development and practical experience in many fields of creative work.

    How our Contemporary Music program prepares you for a career

    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.