The Department of Music provides a creative environment for the study and performance of music with a global perspective, and encourages students to develop skills, expand knowledge, and contribute actively to society as artists and citizens.

We offer a diverse curriculum that engages students in historical and cultural study, as well as analysis, creation, and performance of music.

Our emphasis on global perspective and experiential learning provides opportunities for each student to explore and develop their own musical passions, and to collaborate with peers and faculty in many ways, including through interdisciplinary work, ensemble participation, and independent projects.

All Music Department courses, ensembles, lessons, and other activities are equally available to nonmajors 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 are available—including piano, voice, and most orchestral instruments, as well as folk fiddle, bagpipes, blues harmonica, and more.

Students walking to and from the MAC.

Our Facilities

The MAC

The 100,000-square-foot Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, known as the MAC, is a hub of arts activity on campus. It’s also home to the Music Department and includes practice rooms, lockers, an electronic music studio, and a 372-seat concert hall.

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Music Collection

Our extensive collection, located in the Davis Family Library, contains reference, CD, book, video, and score collections in the field of music and dance. 

Our Music Collection

Chapel Organ and Carillon

The Middlebury Chapel houses a large pipe organ the was constructed by the Gress-Miles Organ Company in 1971, as well as a carillon, assembled in 1915 and enhanced over the years. Both are played regularly and enjoyed throughout the campus.

Chapel Instruments

Upcoming Events

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  • Jazz Workshop

    The Music Department’s weekly jazz instruction and jam session. No previous jazz experience is needed; instrument proficiency is. Open to Middlebury College students only.

    Mahaney Arts Center 221

  • Jazz Workshop

    The Music Department’s weekly jazz instruction and jam session. No previous jazz experience is needed; instrument proficiency is. Open to Middlebury College students only.

    Mahaney Arts Center 221

  • Jazz Workshop

    The Music Department’s weekly jazz instruction and jam session. No previous jazz experience is needed; instrument proficiency is. Open to Middlebury College students only.

    Mahaney Arts Center 221

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