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The Department of Music was formally founded in 1947, but music has been an important facet of the University from its inception, when founder Jane Stanford encouraged sacred concerts in Memorial Church. The undergraduate major in Music is built around a series of courses in theory, musicianship, analysis, and music history, as well as performance (both individual and ensemble) and piano proficiency requirements. The program is rooted in the Western, classical tradition; however, courses in modern composition and theory and jazz theory and history are available as well. The Department of Music presents approximately 150 concerts and recitals each year, providing performance opportunities for students throughout the University.

View the Music department brochure.