Current and Prospective Students

Music at Georgetown University

The Music Program at Georgetown is distinctive for its emphasis on the study of the performing arts as both a creative activity within contemporary society and a cultural manifestation of multiculturalism in the American World. The Music Program consists of courses, degree programs, and a wide variety of student-run and professionally-led groups and ensembles operated by the Department of Performing Arts.

Music Degrees

The major in American Musical Culture is designed for students interested in pursuing careers and/or graduate study in: American studies, arts management, cultural criticism, entertainment law, media studies, music journalism or musicology. A minor in music is also offered. Read more about both the major in American Musical Culture and the minor.

Music Courses

We offer a wide range of academic courses in music history, criticism, theory, composition, media studies, recording technology and performance. View a complete list of courses.

Submission of Supplemental Music Materials

Applying to Georgetown? Interested in sending recordings of your performance or your resume directly to members of the music faculty? Read about submitting supplemental materials.

Performing Groups

For students interested in performing music at Georgetown, there’s a great variety of academic ensembles (which award college credit) and co-curricular groups (including pep band and student-run vocal groups). View a listing of ensemble offerings.

Music Lessons

Lessons are available on campus to all students in voice and most instruments. For inquiries, contact Professor Benjamin. J. Harbert.

Practice Rooms

Practice rooms are available. Students taking music lessons or enrolled in music courses are given first priority, but after the third week of the semester, rooms are available to all the performing arts students and then to the general student body. Please see our facilities page for more information.