Welcome to the Music Department
Cultivate & Nurture
The Music Department seeks to cultivate an understanding of the language and history of music and to nurture artistic skill and musicianship. Music performance opportunities (both solo and ensemble) combine with academic coursework (in music theory and history) to form the core of our curriculum. In the spirit of a liberal arts education, all performance activity and the vast majority of our academic courses are open to majors and non-majors alike.
The major or minor in music intensifies this integrated approach to create highly creative, analytical thinkers with a great amount of self-discipline, independent organizational skills, and confidence in stage presence. They are welcomed by graduate schools and employers alike.
Students at Kalamazoo College have the opportunity to become involved in music through classes, lessons, and ensembles. The Music Department is a part of a wider tapestry of great music-making that goes on in the vibrant cultural life of Kalamazoo.
Beau Bothwell, Ethnomusicology / Music Theory / Music History
Classroom courses in theory and history help deepen an intellectual understanding of music for majors and non-majors alike.
Kalamazoo College Singers
Players of all abilities and interests can find an ensemble just right for them.
Private lessons are available for voice, composition, music production, and all standard instruments.
No auditions are necessary for applied lessons.