In the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, we make music through composition, improvisation, and performance, and explore music’s meaning in the structure of individual works, the relationships between them, and their place in the cultures that produce them.

The sensory and practical cannot be separated from the theoretical and abstract in the musician’s world. Thus, music enjoys a special place in our endeavor to understand ourselves. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor and awards the graduate degrees of MA and PhD in music. The graduate program comprises the four subdisciplines of music scholarship— ethnomusicology, musicology, and composition and theory, and jazz studies.