Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Music Area of Concentration

Students are encouraged to integrate approaches to music and sound across academic and artistic disciplines and areas of study to achieve the breadth that a liberal arts institution makes possible. Students also combine music with another AOC or study music as part of an AOC in Humanities, Liberal Arts, or a Special Program AOC created by the student (Media Studies, Sound Studies, Performance Studies). Courses in Music range widely, and include such topics as Music Theory; Electronic Composition; Opera, Ballet, and the Supernatural; Sound Studies; Popular Music and Societies of the Hispanic Caribbean; and Music and the Environment. Relevant coursework in fields from Anthropology, Sociology, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, English, Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, and Biology are encouraged, for exampmle, Anthropology of Performance or Sociology of the Arts.

Performance at New College offers a further opportunity to integrate theory and practice. New Music New College presents world-class performers of contemporary and experimental music in concert, involving students in at least one performance each academic year. Student musicians may perform in the New College Chorus or Chamber Music Ensemble. Off-campus opportunities exist as well, including Sarasota Orchestra’s education program or State College of Florida’s concert band.

“A New Music New College concert is an experience that is created by everyone in the room, together. These events celebrate the creative potential of musicians and audiences, and often break down walls between the two. Building community and knowledge through music is a mission that resonates with the broader mission of the College, and the series couldn’t have grown from any other environment. “

Mark Dancigers
Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Music
Director of New Music New College

Featured Course

Recent courses

  • Borrowing Sound, Sampling Culture: The Practice and Politics of Audio Sampling
  • Chamber Music Group
  • The Cultural Politics of Listening
  • Dance and Music: Case Studies in European Music History
  • Game Scores
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Music of the African Diaspora in Latin America
  • Music Theory I
  • New College Chorus
  • Opera, Ballet and the Supernatural
  • Sound Studies: An Introduction
  • Western Art Music Tradition

Career Pathways

  • Education
  • Performance
  • Conducting
  • Composing
  • Music Libraries
  • Communications and Broadcasting
  • Recording

Arts & Culture at New College

Discover the New Music New College series, conversations with visiting artists, and other art and cultural opportunities at New College.

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Music Faculty

Dr. Maribeth Clark

Professor of Music

Chair, Division of Humanities

Dr. Ashkan Tabatabaie

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Digital Media

Dr. Hugo R. Viera-Vargas

Assistant Professor of Caribbean/Latin American Studies and Music

Dr. Stephen Miles

Professor Emeritus of Music