Create the Soundtrack to Your Life with a Concentration in Music
For every discipline at WPI, the advantage is in the practice. Humanities & Arts majors who choose a concentration in Music have unlimited opportunities to practice their craft, while being instructed by some of the most talented musicians, historians, and researchers in their field.
Here students can choose a concentration or minor in Music, and can take classes in music theory, history, and technology. Aspiring musicians or those who just enjoy music have the opportunity to complete a music-based project, and the chance to perform the best pieces from classical to jazz to pop as part of one of our many student ensembles that perform on campus and throughout the world. It would be hard to find a technological university with as many specialized performing groups for singers and instrumentalists as WPI.
Music, Nature, and Life in Balance
Rhythm, harmony, and balance are concepts that apply equally well to music and the natural world. In her WPI career, Lily Clark managed to pursue her interests in both, and to keep her studies, her extracurricular activities, and her life in equilibrium.
Music and Technology
WPI’s commitment to the study of music is also evident through the groundbreaking research being conducted in several areas of music technology. For example, Professor Bianchi has developed the Virtual Orchestra, an innovative technology capable of simulating the sound and behavior of a live orchestra in real time; Professors Bianchi and Delorey created the Virtual Choir, used to replicate human voices; and Professor Falco has worked to preserve jazz history through an electronic database. Students have the opportunity to engage in this cutting-edge research and work on other revolutionary breakthroughs with our world-renowned faculty.
The Virtual Orchestra
Professor Frederick Bianchi has developed the Virtual Orchestra, which is helping to revitalize opera and musical theatre by making orchestral music accessible to new venues. This technology has been used in more than 200,000 performances worldwide.
Find out what Inquiry Seminars or Practicums (.pdf, 413kb) will be added this academic year here.