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TUFTS UNIVERSITY, MEDFORD School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Music







Street Address:

Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts 02155, USA


+1 617 627 3967


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Four years. Majors in performance (classical, jazz, folk, popular), music, sound & culture. Studies may include composition, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology. A minor in Music Engineering is offered, with studies including music theory, composition, music technology, acoustics, electronic instrument design, music recording and production, analog and digital electronics.


Graduate program


Master of Arts in Music. In composition, choral and orchestral conducting, musicology, ethnomusicology, theory. Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Music. A five-year double degree program.


Certificate program


Certificate in musical instrument engineering.

Institution Notes:

Tufts University is a private institution founded in 1852. The music department is housed in the new Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center and has access to several fine performance spaces. It sees its particular strengths as in performance, composition, theory, musicology and ethnomusicology. A musical instrument engineering program was launched in 1998, funded in part by Steinway & Sons and Selmer Instruments in collaboration with the music department and the mechanical and electrical engineering department. In 2011, the program was expanded to include two other tracks: Music Recording and Production, and Electronic Instrument Design. The music department owns a Javanese gamelan, Indonesian percussion instruments, a number of Japanese instruments and a set of West African drums for student use. The library holds the Frederic Louis Ritter Collection of rare music books and scores dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. There is a Tufts Community Music Program offering Saturday music classes for young people, weekday evening classes and ensembles for adults, workshops with community musicians and concert activities. Seven institutions in the Boston area have formed a Pro-Arts Consortium, allowing for some cross-registration and sharing of facilities with both students and faculty members: Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston Architectural College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New England Conservatory, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Tufts University is part of a consortium with Brandeis University, Boston College and Boston University. Graduate students may enrol in graduate courses at any of these other schools.

Last Updated:

November 2022