WPI has over 235 student-run clubs including many student-run music clubs. The Marching and Pep band, for instance, is a student-run organization dedicated to enriching school spirit through musical performance. Check out the high-energy African Percussion & Dance Ensemble or learn about broadcasting through the WWPI Campus Radio; explore one of the many music-related groups on campus!
Music @ WPI.
Music studies at WPI present a variety of opportunities to explore performance, technology, composition, research, history, theory, and more.
Every WPI student can focus their HUA studies in music culminating with a project-based capstone in performance (instrumental and vocal), technology, history, and theory.
Study of Music at WPI need not stop at the completion of the HUA requirement. Minors and majors allow individualized work and collaborations with music faculty.
We have numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. All ensembles perform at a high level and present concerts throughout the school year, kicking off with the annual Family Weekend Concert each October.
Our music curriculum is focused on a range of topics in performance, technology, history, theory, and more.
WPI offers students unique opportunities to combine their technical and artistic interests. One of those ways is to contribute to research conducted in one of our music technology labs.
In addition to course-related music opportunities, we have many student-run music ensembles and clubs.
Courses and the HUA Requirement.You can satisfy your Humanities and Arts (HUA) requirement by completing...
+ one non-music HUA course (that's your “breadth”)
+ one course in any HUA discipline including another music course.
You, then, take a music Seminar (HU3900) or Practicum (HU3910) course as your "HUA capstone"; these small-group setting courses are typically project-based and focus on a range of topics in performance (instrumental and vocal), technology, history, and theory.
New to WPI?We recommend enrolling in Fundamentals of Music (MU 1611) or Introduction to Music (MU 1511). Singers and instrumentalists, we recommend in one of the performing ensembles as the credit can be used toward your HUA requirement. A placement test is available online if you have received AP music credits or believe you have enough background in music to test out of other courses.
Get into Music ResearchJoin one of our many music research labs and groups
For any lab or area of research that interest you, visit the lab website to contact the WPI faculty principal investigator (PI); there are many related research efforts going on all the time, so explore the types of research associated with each lab and then reach out to the PI to if you'd like to get involved.