Middlebury’s music department puts student creative work in the spotlight. There are opportunities to compose and perform; courses in popular and classical music, ethnomusicology, electronic music, and jazz; choral, orchestral, African music and dance, jazz and chamber ensembles; and annual music theater productions.
All music department courses, ensembles, lessons, and other activities are equally available to non-majors and majors alike. The curriculum for music majors offers a balance between thoroughness and flexibility, offering each student a chance to develop areas of strength in the context of a broad liberal arts education.
A wide range of lessons is available from piano, voice, and most orchestral instruments to folk fiddle, bagpipe, and blues harmonica.
Facilities include a gorgeous small concert hall, an electronic music lab with six keyboards and eight computers, a 51-rank Gress-Miles pipe organ, a student-run recording studio, a French double-manual harpsichord built by William Dowd in 1964, a three rank portatif organ, and 9 practice rooms. In addition, the music collection at the Davis Family Library offers reference, CD/tape/record, book, and score collections, videos and instructional computer software in the field of music.