Music Theory: Approximately 18 faculty teach courses in music theory.
History/Musicology: More than 16 faculty members offer courses in music history and musicology from classical to popular, beginning with early music and continuing up to and including contemporary composers and forms.
Composition: Students interested in writing music have a choice of studying with nearly a dozen distinguished composers whose work is regularly performed, including recent winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship.
Computer/Electroacoustic Music: Offered at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
African-American Music and Jazz: A dozen faculty specialize in and teach various aspects of African-American music and jazz.
Ethnomusicology: The study of world music has a strong presence at the Five Colleges, with ethnomusicologists whose interests range from traditional and popular American music to music of Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, India, and the Caribbean.
Music Education: Eight faculty members offer courses in music pedagogy ranging from choral conducting to teacher education at elementary and secondary levels.
Students wanting individual voice or instrumental instruction are usually accommodated on their home campus.
Key to initials: Amherst College (AC); Hampshire College (HC); Mount Holyoke College (MHC); Smith College (SC); UMass Amherst (UM)
Note: Applied Instruction includes full-time, part-time, and adjunct instructors, and additional fees are usually required.