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New lower prices for the music department's tour to Costa Rica in December/January 2015-2016. We still have a few spots available.
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The Coe College Music Department provides a conservatory level music education in a liberal arts setting.  At Coe you can earn a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in music. The B.M. is a professional degree program for those interested in studying music at the graduate level, teaching music in the public schools, or preparing for a career in performance and/or composition. The B.A. is for students who desire to combine their music studies with other academic interests by majoring in a second discipline such as business, public relations, chemistry, theatre, psychology, or English. Non-majors can continue their participation and study through applied lessons, ensembles, musical theatre, and other courses in music.

The Music Department at Coe is big enough to provide an excellent education, great ensembles, and lots of opportunities for touring and performance, and small enough to care about each student as an individual.  Small class sizes and individual instruction and attention help each student to become the best musician they can be.

Top Reasons to Experience Music at Coe:

Performance Opportunities. From ensemble concerts each semester, to full-scale musicals with the Theatre Department, to Opera Workshop and Jazz & Improvisation Lab, there is no shortage of opportunities for students to showcase their talent. The diversity of ensembles - including student-run ensembles like the Wahlahroo Drumline and the Downtown Jazz Combo - allows for performances in a wide range of musical styles. Nearly all major solo parts in concerts are performed by Coe's undergraduates, both majors and non-majors. Recitals and a weekly recital hour provide additional opportunities for solo and collaborative performance.

Depth of Study. The Music Department provides a variety of music degrees and concentrations, combining the intensity of conservatory training with the breadth of a diverse liberal arts education. Students can choose between the professional preparation of the Bachelor of Music degree, or the flexibility to double major with the Bachelor of Arts degree. A Minor in Music is available for non-majors, and all students with music backgrounds and interests are encouraged to participate in applied lessons and ensembles.

Community. Coe offers the ideal combination of a small, private college in a metropolitan setting. Students receive the personal attention of world-class instructors on over twenty instruments and voice, while taking advantage of the many artistic opportunities provided by the city of Cedar Rapids.

International Tours. In the past ten years, music groups have toured to Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. In December 2015, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Chorale, will tour to Costa Rica together!

Scholarships. Our scholarship auditions enable all admitted students to compete for annual awards ranging up to full tuition. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree can apply for the full-tuition Williston Jones Marshall Music Scholarship. Other partial-tuition scholarships, including the Schauwecker Music Scholarship, are available to all students and renewable through annual participation in select ensembles.

Coe College has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1962.