Note: Music is not accepting new students as of Fall, 2024.
You will be able to immerse yourself in a subject you love as you prepare yourself for a career that brings you lifelong joy.

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At Simmons, we believe in your passion for music

You can focus on music history or performance, or study music as part of arts administration. You'll enjoy Boston's rich music and cultural scene and attend concerts by world-renowned orchestras and performers. You will benefit from the extracurricular groups and partnerships designed just for our students. These include the Simmons Concert Choir, many performing arts opportunities and private lessons at the New England Conservatory. View performances and listen to samples of our students' work.

Our students find success in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, performance, arts management, marketing and development.

Students are required to complete 32 semester hours in one of the tracks listed below:

Music History

  • Five music history courses (two at the 200 level)
  • One course in theory or theoretical studies
  • Two electives chosen from music history, or theory

A music minor consists of five courses in music history or theory. Normally, at least two courses must be at the 200 level or above. A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken within the department to complete a minor in music.

You'll work with an advisor to create a program of study around your interests and career goals. Many music majors choose to double major or minor in a complementary field, such as Englishcommunicationsmanagement or history.

We also offer a music minor for students pursuing other majors.

Simmons students complete internships, build résumés, and enhance their education through access to world-class performing arts organizations.

Qualified students may arrange to pursue their musical studies at the New England Conservatory, one of the country's finest music schools. In addition, students in music courses and arts administration courses study the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet, attending performances and meeting with individuals from those organizations.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

Spotlight on Music Students and Alums

From top left: Catherine Cox '23, Brianna Desharnais '22, Julia Hart '21, Lauren Howard '22, Evangeline Kennedy '21, Irmana Monem '21, and Graciella Rios Ortega '21

Passionate Leaders Project: Spring 2021 Cohort

The Passionate Leaders Project supports undergraduate students seeking to enrich their academic and professional interests by funding learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom. Learn what the Spring 2021 cohort is up to!