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You are a musician - every time you pick up an instrument or sing a song you know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. Here at Columbia you’ll be surrounded by people just like you. People who use harmonies and melodies the same way other people use words. People who tune their ear to every single sound they hear. People who want to fill their days making music.

Our program emphasizes the practical foundations of performance, composition, and musicianship. You will have the opportunity to study jazz, rock, classical, rhythm and blues, rap, bluegrass, pop, and hip-hop while you also explore such aspects of the music industry as Music Business, Film and Television Scoring, and Audio Arts. More importantly though, you’ll be right beside faculty members who have recorded albums, composed symphonies, conducted orchestras, and performed the world over. In fact, around here, another way of saying ‘faculty’ is ‘professional musician.’ Think about that. Our instructors have done all the things you want to do and are here to help you investigate all the creative directions in which you and your music can go.

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