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Our Music Department recognizes all types of musical expression as worthy of practice and study. Our faculty’s areas of expertise range from Arabic choral music, to American rock ‘n’ roll, to composition for orchestra and electronics.

We are constantly exploring new and unfamiliar musics through and alongside our students.

Student-directed projects are encouraged and supported. Our music majors might be found fronting the Muthafunks, a student-founded feminist funk band, conducting one of our many choral ensembles from the podium, or preparing a solo violin recital.

Musical training at Earlham is customized and individual. Our students learn the core components of music theory, research and musicianship. At the same time, they can chart their own paths toward their career goals and musical passions.


The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, which opened in Fall 2014, provides our students with state-of-the-art tools and facilities, including a recital hall, practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos, and a high-tech studio for recording and digital music.

Our city of Richmond has rich history as a destination for legendary blues and jazz recording artists.

Music students at Earlham learn to perform and appreciate Latin Jazz, Javanese Gamelan, and other traditions from around the world.

Our majors have secured prestigious internships with organizations like the Joffrey Ballet, and worked in area public schools while enrolled at Earlham.

We prepare students for exciting careers in arts management, music education, music therapy, ethnomusicology, music technology and much more.