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Fisher Center

Undergraduate Program

Conservatory Seminar

The Conservatory Seminar is a unique four-semester course that integrates the study of music theory and music history in order to give students a richer understanding of these topics as vital and relevant to their work as interpreters and performers.

Each week students perform in class in order to demonstrate the topics under discussion. Using these works as both illustration and as point of departure, students deepen their knowledge of the diverse theoretical structures and historical contexts that inform the composition of a piece of music thereby gaining a deeper insight into the compositional and interpretive process. This work leads in the third semester of the Conservatory Seminar to students composing in a variety of historical styles and, in the fourth semester, to free composition.