In the School of Music, accomplished musicians and aspiring talent challenge each other to reach beyond themselves, creating and performing music in new and original ways. Whether your interest is in performance, composition or music and technology, you’ll find that the School of Music provides an exciting and dynamic environment where you can pursue your passion.

Founded in 1912, the School of Music offers conservatory level programs within a world-class university environment. Performance plays a central role in your Carnegie Mellon education. From performance ensembles and opera productions to chamber music and recitals, you will find yourself surrounded by world-class musicians and aspiring talent. A Carnegie Mellon education prepares diverse and talented students to make an impact on the art of music in the 21st century.

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The School of Music offers the following degrees/certificates:

BFA in Electronic Music
BFA in Music Composition
BFA in Music Performance
- Instrumental
- Piano
- Vocal
BS in Music and Technology

Minors for Music Majors

Collaborative Piano (for piano majors only)
Music Composition
Music Education Certification
Music Performance
Music Technology
Music Theory

Minors for Non-Music Majors

Music Technology
Music Theory

Sampling of Courses

Electronic and Computer Music
Eurhythmics I
History of Black American Music 
Introduction to Music Technology
Mozart Operas
Psychology of Music
Shaping Time in Performance

About the 2020 First Year Class

Average Unweighted GPA:3.78

SAT Middle 50%

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 700-750Math: 730-780

ACT Middle 50%

English: 35Math: 32-35Composite: 33-34

Undergraduate Research

Where's the Class of 2019?

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Alumni can be found performing, composing, conducting, teaching and contributing significantly to the field of music worldwide.

Amazing Alumni