Music Department


MIT's music program is known for its fantastic variety of quality offerings to undergraduates at all levels of preparation and talent. Our distinguished faculty offers MIT students, regardless of major, a large array of subjects in performance, composition and theory, jazz, world music, and music history.

Many of MIT's talented and innovative students choose to major, minor or concentrate in music. During the course of 4 years, nearly half of MIT's 4000 undergraduates participate in the program – 1,500 in music classes and 500 in a variety of performing groups, open by audition to both graduate and undergraduate students, on either a for-credit or non-credit basis.

Our vocal and instrumental performance options include: the MIT Symphony, a Balinese gamelan (Galak Tika), the Concert Choir, the Wind Ensemble, a Senegalese drumming ensemble (Rambax), the Chamber Chorus, and the Festival Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, the Chamber Music Society offers the opportunity to perform and receive professional coaching in small, classical and jazz instrumental and vocal ensembles. All performance groups are led by our distinguished faculty, which includes award-winning composers, performers and historians.

Private lessons with Boston-area master teachers are available through the Emerson Scholarship Program, which awards full- and half-scholarships to current MIT students by audition.

Students interested in composition can choose from a variety of subjects that focus on classical, jazz and electronic music composition, arranging, theory, and analysis.

Our facilities include a state-of-the-art music library, an excellent practice suite, a recital hall with adjustable acoustics, and a fully staffed Concerts Office, providing administrative support for all the music ensembles, performers and concert series.




The special environment provided by the Music Program at MIT is changing the world in its own way, one engineer at a time.”

Ken Goodson ’89