A major and minor are offered in Music.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Handel's Messiah at Franklin Pierce University

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.


Franklin Pierce University Singers

Listen to the Franklin Pierce University Singers perform the Franklin Pierce alma mater "We Remember Well".

Course Details

Franklin Pierce University Jazz EnsembleStudents 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.

Internships and independent research projects help students apply their learning to real-life scenarios and build contacts with professionals in the accI 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

Want to know more?

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Download a Music Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


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Associate Professor 
Paul Scharfenberger
Associate Professor of Music
B.Mus., University of Lowell
M.A., Keene State College
Music History
Popular Music
Women and Music
Early Music and Contemporary Music

Assistant Professor
Lou Bunk
Assistant Professor of Music/Music Technology
B.A., Central Connecticut State University
M.A., Washington University
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Music Technology

Vladimir Odinokikh

Lecturer of Music


Denise Nolan
Lecturer of Music
B.Mus., Keene State College
B.S., Franklin Pierce University
M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monadnock Flutes

Marybeth Hallinan
Lecturer of Music

Floyd Oster
Lecturer of Music
A.A., Keene State College
Brass Ensemble

Richard Page
Lecturer, Music
B.A., Westfield State College

Clarinet and Saxophone
Jazz Ensemble

Christopher Swist
Lecturer of Music
B.M., SUNY-Buffalo
M.M., The Hartt School
Percussion Ensemble

Scott Sanchez
Lecturer, Music
B.Mus., University of Denver
M.Mus., Yale University
Guitar Ensemble

Cornelia Schwartz
Lecturer, Music
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School

Jim Sharrock
Lecturer, Music
B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University

Dorothy Yanish
Lecturer, Music
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Mus., Catholic University of America School of Music

Curricular and
Co-curricular Opportunities


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.

Student Success


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.