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The Department of Music at The College of Idaho transforms students into scholar-performers who think critically and creatively and are prepared for diverse careers. Small class sizes, flexible courses of study, individualized attention from a skilled and caring faculty, and access to a wide variety of quality, on-campus performances contribute to a dynamic, student-centric education.

Why Study Music at The College of Idaho?

Music is a popular major and minor under the College's PEAK curriculum. The College offers a major and minor in Music and optional specializations in either Music Education or Music Performance.  Our focus is helping students succeed in today's musical environment through a distinctive liberal arts education that includes a solid foundation in practical performance and ensemble skills, combined with a comprehensive understanding of music theory and history.

In addition to your work in the classroom and rehearsal studio, you will have the opportunity to attend or participate in dozens of professional-level musical performances every school year. Student performance opportunities include opera and musical theatre productions, our touring Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, the Sinfonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, and voice/instrument recitals. 

The College of Idaho is home to Caldwell Fine Arts and the Langroise Trio—one of the premier string chamber ensembles in the Western U.S.—providing easy access to internships and world-class performances. The Langroise Trio's residency at the College provides a unique chamber music emphasis, with its members providing students intensive training in violin, viola and cello. This depth of training has prepared advanced students to successfully audition for Boise Philharmonic internships, enabling them to perform with a metropolitan-level professional orchestra while in college.

Career Opportunities for Music Students

Studying music at The College of Idaho produces graduates who are able to think deeply about music and perform at a high level. The department has produced an Academy Award-winning composer and many other successful musicians. Professional performance, musical theatre, teaching, writing, composing, and conducting are common careers for our graduates, though a College of Idaho music degree prepares its holder to succeed in a wide variety of work environments.