Contemporary Music


  • Overview

    Part of the interdisciplinary Arts curriculum at Eugene Lang College, the Contemporary Music program explores the global diversity of contemporary musical life along with music’s social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical concerns. It focuses on music composing, performing, and listening practices in historical and theoretical contexts as well as past and present technologies, especially today’s digital media. This liberal arts curriculum highlights creative musical thinking and music-making in the spirit of The New School’s significant legacy of modern experimentation. Learn more about the Contemporary Music program.


    Undergraduate students from any school of the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.)


    Requirements for Contemporary Music Minor

    The minor in Contemporary Music requires completion of the following five (5) courses:

    • One introductory course on the history or theory of Western music (LMUS 2010, JMUH 2810, or the equivalent)
    • One introductory course on music in global perspectives (LMUS 2200, JMUH 3802, or the equivalent)
    • One additional course on music history, theory, or criticism
    • One additional course on popular or global music
    • One course on music technology or new media

    Total: 18-20 credits (only two 3-credit music courses can be counted toward any of these categories)

    Program Requirements Worksheet

    Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the director of the program. Students pursuing the Contemporary Music minor are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for The Arts to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements. Students should refer to the current applicable Lang catalog for the Bachelor of Arts degree completion requirements and confirm their progress in satisfying those requirements with their academic advisor each semester.

    Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect contemporary music as an academic minor; however, they can pursue a deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.