Why Study Music at New College?

Whether part of a performance that resembles experimental theater, through the ear buds of an iPod, through a dorm-room wall or as the song of the mockingbird at 3 a.m., the Music program at New College recognizes that music challenges as often as it comforts and represents conflict as often as it communicates a message of peace and understanding.

Music area of concentration

New College’s AOC in music aims to develop basic musicianship and allow students to engage with a wide array of musical styles and theoretical approaches. Required courses and activities require students to listen, observe, interpret, perform and create, as well as develop historically- and culturally-informed approaches to music and sound. Students are encouraged to integrate approaches across academic and artistic disciplines and areas of study to achieve the breadth that a liberal arts institution makes possible.

Students can also create their own areas of concentration by combining music with another major field (a “slash”), or study music as part of an AOC in Humanities, General Studies, or a Special AOC created by the student (e.g. Media Studies, Sound Studies, Performance Studies).

Performance at New College is seen as a further opportunity to integrate theory and practice. New Music New College presents world-class performers in concert and master classes, and involves students in at least one performance each academic year, emphasizing experimental approaches to music. Students can also perform in the New College Chorus or Chamber Music. Off-campus, students may participate in the Sarasota Orchestra’s education program or State College of Florida’s concert band. The music program at New College also encourages students to perform in student-run groups on campus, such as Acapellago, an a capella singing group, and New Cats, a jazz ensemble; however, students receive tutorial credit for such participation only under unusual circumstances.

In addition, the music faculty can help students make connections with musicians in the Sarasota community, some of whom teach private lessons. Students can receive credit for lessons through tutorials; however, students must pay for those lessons over and above the tuition and fees that New College charges.


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Music Curriculum

Requirements for an AOC in Music include basic musicianship as well as developing informed approaches to music and sound.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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