- GRADUATE STUDIES
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As a Music major at Franklin Pierce, you’ll sharpen your skills and expand your musical horizons. Courses focus on developing your talents, while preparing you for a successful career in music.
In this program, you will study practical skills, such as performance, composition, and technology— which will push your musical abilities further than you thought possible. You’ll also learn music theory and history to ensure you have a strong foundation from which to leap. Working one-on-one with professors, who are professional composers and highly regarded performers, you’ll perfect the skills you’ve been practicing all your life.
Outside of the classroom, you’ll have your pick of musical ensembles to join—from Jazz to guitar to percussion to contemporary. If your talent is voice, you can join the Choral Union, which performs a variety of genres, or the Lachrimae, which is dedicated to music, costume, and dance from the Middle Ages and Renaissance era.
These extensive on-campus opportunities have enabled our music majors to land internships at prestigious organizations, including Sony, The Boston Early Music Festival, and High and Dry Studios. You’ll graduate as a trained professional with the skills and talent to embark upon the music career you’ve always dreamed about. You will graduate well-prepared to enter this growing and multifaceted music industry. Alumni have gone on to work as audio engineers, performers, teachers, and pursued graduate school.
Listen to the Franklin Pierce University Singers perform the Franklin Pierce alma mater "We Remember Well".
Students can pursue one of three concentration areas in Music: the Performance Concentration, the Professional Concentration and the Music Technology Concentration. An audition must be passed for acceptance into the Performance Concentration. All Music majors must participate in a performance seminar at the end of every semester of private instruction, to demonstrate progress in their major instrument.
Read more about the Concentration in Music Technology.
I have spent the last three and a half years touring the United States and Canada with Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, and Darius Rucker. The skills learned through the music program at Franklin Pierce have not only given me the technical skills to thrive in the pro audio field, but also the social and communication tools to move me charismatically through the industry. My experiences at Franklin Pierce leave me eternally grateful for the path that has opened up for me.
- Joseph Lefebvre
In my time at FPU, I found the faculty to be dedicated to the development of each student on a personal level. A small, tightly-knit department offers students the kind of one-on-one attention you simply can't find in a larger school.
- Evan Williams
Franklin Pierce University
Lecturer of Music
The Music Department teaches techniques in the Pro Tools software that professional recording engineers are using today throughout the music and film industries.
Vocal ensembles. Lachrimae provides an opportunity to perform in period costume, the music and dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Choral Union explores a wide range of vocal literature, both contemporary and traditional.
Instrumental ensembles are open to all qualified students (majors and non-majors) for credit or non-credit, including Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and our Contemporary Music Ensemble called Defenestration.
Franklin Pierce students have gained valuable professional experience by interning with organizations such as The Boston Early Music Festival, Trod Nossel Studios, In Wallingford CT and High and Dry Studios, in Boston.
The annual spring musical gives students an opportunity to present public performances of major Broadway musicals and new musicals.
Franklin Pierce University music students are supported and encouraged to pursue internships in music to enhance their knowledge and experience. Culminating projects include a Senior Recital demonstrating an advanced level of applied instruction and performance professionalism; or a Senior Project for professional and technology track music students demonstrating advanced level of substantial research, creative work demonstrating proficiency in an area of musical interest and preparation.
Graduates have taught Pro Tools, worked at state-of-the-art recording studios, conducted ensembles, and become professional performing musicians. Many have also gone on to further their degrees and to become educators.