Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Undergraduate Minor

Program Delivery


Locations Available

Rindge, New Hampshire

If music is your love and your path to personal and professional growth, our Music major will develop your artistic knowledge, practical skills and industry savvy. Opportunities in the music industry extend beyond performance to include composing (for film, television and games), sound engineering, teaching, music publishing, music administration, and music therapy. At Franklin Pierce, you will work with faculty who are professional composers and highly regarded performers.

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What Makes Our Music Program Different?

You can gain valuable experience through opportunities at Franklin Pierce to:

  • Participate in musical ensembles — contemporary, jazz, guitar or percussion
  • Join the Choral Union or a student-run a cappella group
  • Show your Pierce pride in Pep Band
  • Join the Music Club to help plan student performances and events
  • Network with industry professionals through associations and conferences
  • Fine-tune your professional opportunities by pairing the Music major with a minor or a second major in Education, Communication, Business, or Psychology.

What Can I Do With a Music Degree?

Franklin Pierce graduates have pursued graduate education in Music composition, Theory, Musicology, and performance, attending institutions such as King’s College London, Syracuse University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Others have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:

  • Db Studios
  • Riot Games
  • The New Hampshire Law School
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Country 102.5
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Virginia Opera
  • Trinity Repertory Company
  • Sony
  • The Boston Early Music Festival
  • High and Dry Studios
  • Trod Nossel Studios
  • Paramount Studios

What do Music students Learn?

You will learn core concepts of music theory and performance, music history and music technology. As a music major, you will develop artistic ability, self-confidence, discipline, as well as problem-solving, creative thinking, and networking skills that will serve you in all your future endeavors.

  • GLE101 First Year Inquiry Seminar
  • GLE110 First Year Composition I
  • MU103 Piano I (Performance Concentration Track)
  • MU150 Fundamentals of Music
  • MU151 Theory of Music I
  • Private Instruction
  • Ensemble
  • 3 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • GLE120 First Year Composition II
  • MU200 Sophomore Portfolio
  • MU209 Theory of Music II
  • MU215 Computer Music I (Music Technology Concentration Track)
  • MU310 Computer Music II  (Music Technology Concentration Track)
  • MU309 Theory of Music III
  • Ensemble
  • Private Instruction
  • 6 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • MU215 Computer Music I (Professional Concentration Track)
  • MU218 History of Electronic Music (Music Technology Concentration)
  • MU318 History of Western Music I
  • MU319 History of Western Music II
  • MU409 Theory of Music IV
  • Private Instruction
  • Ensemble (Performance/Professional Concentration
  • 8 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • MU103 Piano I (Professional Concentration Track)
  • MU215 Computer Music I (Performance Concentration Track)
  • MU401 Seminar in Music
  • MU450 Senior Recital (Performance Concentration Track)
  • MU451 Senior Project (Professional/Music Technology Concentration Track)
  • Ensemble
  • 8 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

Who should Study Music?

You’ll find this major a good fit if you have or want to develop:

  • Understanding of many forms and styles of music
  • Patience, self-discipline and precision for practice
  • Memorization and improvisation skills
  • Poise under pressure and strong stage presence
  • Strong communication, teaching and presentation skills