Open to all who have a passion for music, 91短视频’s music program lets you engage directly with music鈥檚 creative power, bring music to life as a performer, and discover the profound ways music helps people understand each other. As a major or minor in music, you’ll learn critical thinking, communication and performance skills that provide a solid foundation for graduate study in music and/or a variety of careers in music education, music therapy, music management, church music, and music retail. And the program also welcomes musicians, regardless of background, to participate in ensembles without pursuing an academic course of study!

Music up close In and Beyond the Classroom

making music

As performers, listeners and cultural observers, students learn by doing in all music classes. In private lessons and in class, you鈥檒l compose, practice, and learn new skills. Music majors and minors join with talented non-majors to bring music to life in small chamber groups and large ensembles, including:

  • Concert Choir  (MUSC 310)
  • Chamber Singers (MUSC 311)
  • Chamber Ensembles  (MUSC 281) 
  • Wind Ensemble (MUSC 314)
  • Symphony Orchestra (MUSC 315)
  • Jazz Improvisation Lab (MUSC 316)

Scholarships are available for selected students.

A musical ensemble singing in a choir.

options for majors and minors

Students have the choice to pursue one of three areas of study in music:

  • A music major or minor
  • A major, paired with an education minor, for future teachers
  • A major in arts management with a music emphasis

Advising and Mentorship

Randolph-Macon music faculty foster a supportive learning environment where individual creativity thrives in a culture of caring. Talented musicians themselves, adjunct and full-time faculty help you find music鈥檚 role in a future rich with professional success and personal meaning.    

High-Impact Internships

Randolph-Macon music students don鈥檛 wait until they graduate to practice musical learning outside of the classroom. Working alongside musicians and music industry professionals as undergraduate student interns is highly encouraged to enhance your future career and graduate school opportunities. 91短视频 music students recently completed valuable internships at:

  • Academy of Country Music
  • Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
  • Def Jam 
  • Rainmaker Studios  
  • Smithsonian Folkways 
Student presenting music research while pointing at a presentation board

hands-on learning

Students also have the opportunity to conduct mentored research, alongside the professional musicians of the 91短视频 faculty. Recent student original research projects include:

  • Holden Trimmer 鈥23 with Dr. Brian Coffill 鈥淗ow Performance Type Affects Secondary School Band and Orchestra Repertoire Selection.鈥
  • Grace Bakeman 鈥23 with Dr. Jim Doering 鈥淎s Catchy as The Flu: Gauging the Impact of the 1918 and the 2020 Pandemics on Concert Culture in the United States.鈥 
  • BJ Camano 鈥21 with Dr. Jim Doering 鈥 鈥淜okoro no Ibasho: The Role of Community Music in T艒hoku鈥檚 Post-Disaster Recovery.鈥 
  • Tori Santiago Troutman 鈥18 with Dr. Jim Doering 鈥 鈥淪upergroovalisticprosifunkstication: George Clinton and the Social Commentary of P-Funk in the 1970s.鈥

Global Education

As a music major or minor at Randolph-Macon, your studies can take you around the world to learn the origins and concepts behind music in a variety of genres. This global perspective is a gift meant to spur creativity and deepen your appreciation of music in all its forms. Recent travel courses included Film Music in Japan (JPN 243), in which students experienced film musical and theatrical performances first hand, and talked with Japanese music professionals who shared the details of their craft. The Instrumental Music in New Orleans course explored the rich history of small brass bands in the city where jazz was born. 

91短视频 music students washing their hands after touring a Japanese Buddhist temple
  • 100%
    of human societies include music
  • 19,200
    square feet – the size of the 91短视频 Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1910s
    the era when jazz was invented
music teacher instructs student musicians during rehearsal

music in full Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

MUSC 150

Defining and Defending Music

Study the institutions that protect and promote musical creativity including copyright, censorship, music unions, concert organizations, and music patronage. Analyze musical institutions from a historical perspective focusing on American developments past and present.聽

MUSC 215

Music in American Film

Learn how music contributes to the film experience by examining the different ways film composers use orchestration, thematic unity, and stylistic diversity to complement, strengthen, and even undermine the action on screen. Study original film scores and explore the ways popular music is integrated into American film soundtracks.聽

MUSC 322

Scoring through Technology

Learn the latest technological applications in music creation including music notation, music sequencing, and MIDI software. Study the history of music technology, and work on creative projects that focus on music arranging, orchestration, and composition.聽


A brand new space for performance and rehearsal

Randolph-Macon鈥檚 state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts, built in 2021, is the home of the music program, and the 91短视频 theatre program. The new space connects to the original Blackwell Auditorium, which has hosted the arts at 91短视频 since 1952.

  • 91短视频 Center for the Performing Arts
    Haun Rehearsal Hall was carefully designed for acoustic excellence, and offers a flexible space for practice, class, and performance.

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among music majors
jazz musicians playing sax with guitarist in the background

In addition to the choirs and ensembles led by our music faculty, music students share their gifts on campus in other ways.

show choir

Odori Japanese ensemble


Upcoming Musical Performances

From Here To What you can do with a Music degree from 91短视频

Atticus Finn ’16

Director of Choral Activities and Department Chair of Performing Arts
Midlothian High School

“The real strength of Randolph-Macon College, and why I will continue to send my students there, is really in the professors. The relationships I was able to cultivate with my professors, is something that you just don鈥檛 get at other institutions. I speak to past professors and mentors on a regular basis, even to this day. These relationships led to amazing opportunities to travel the world and perform music in some of the most beautiful and musically significant spaces on multiple occasions, develop new research in my field and even present that research at professional conferences, and also led to opportunities I simply wouldn鈥檛 have had if I attended another institution.”

Joseph Camano ’21

University of Virginia Law School

Stephen Lecky ’02

Director of Events

Ashley White Foster ’12

High School Vocal Music Teacher
Baltimore County Public Schools

Dee Finnegan Hal谩csy ’08

Senior Manager, Retail Operations
Music & Arts

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