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Music and Theater Arts

Department of Music and Theater Arts

Department of Music and Theater Arts

At MIT, the arts are widely practiced, performed, and celebrated - in corridors and classrooms, on stage and in the studio. Hundreds of exhibitions, performances, and readings enliven MIT's campus annually, enhancing and enriching campus life while drawing tens of thousands of visitors from throughout the region.

Between 60 and 70 percent of incoming freshmen come to MIT with strong interests and involvement in the arts. Many pursue their artistic interests through participation in MIT's Music and Theater Arts Section, which provides numerous opportunities for students to develop artistically and intellectually.

MIT's Music Program provides a challenging, rewarding undergraduate musical education for students at every level of preparation and talent. The music faculty includes internationally known composers and performers, and students may choose from a wide variety of offerings in performance, theory/analysis/composition, and music history/literature.

MIT students can major, double major, minor or concentrate in music. In addition to individual and class study in traditional and experimental music, students may participate in many performance groups directed by members of the faculty. These include the MIT Symphony and String Chamber Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Festival Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Music Society, Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, Gamelan Galak-Tika and the Senegalese performing ensemble, RAMBAX MIT. For more information, visit

Theater Arts
Through MIT's Theater Arts Program, students explore diverse theatrical forms and practices, from the scripted play to actor-created theater, from musical theater to the theater of identity politics. Courses range from playwriting to directing to set design, always reflecting a commitment to diverse aesthetics. Students participate in numerous curricular and extracurricular ensembles ranging from the curricular Dramashop to the extracurricular improv comedy troupe, Roadkill Buffet.

The Program welcomes students' unique cultural and individual perspectives in a collaborative environment that encourages inquiry as the cornerstone of both personal and artistic growth. Together, MIT Theater's faculty and students work together in search of expression, depth and mastery in the art of theater. For more information visit


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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
21M.011 Introduction to Western Music, Spring 2006
21M.030 Introduction to World Music, Fall 2006
21M.065 Introduction to Musical Composition, Fall 2005
21M.113 Developing Musical Structures, Fall 2002
21M.223J Introduction to Anglo-American Folkmusic, Fall 2002
21M.250 Schubert to Debussy, Fall 2006 NEW
21M.262 Modern Music: 1900-1960, Fall 2006
21M.263 Music Since 1960, Spring 2006
21M.293 Music of Africa, Fall 2005
21M.294 Popular Musics of the World, Spring 2005
21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I, Spring 2005
21M.302 Harmony and Counterpoint II, Spring 2005
21M.361 Composing with Computers, Spring 2003
21M.410 Vocal Repertoire and Performance, Spring 2005
21M.603 Principles of Design, Fall 2005
21M.604 Playwriting I, Spring 2005
21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft, Spring 2003
21M.621 Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S., Spring 2004
21M.670 Traditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and Autobiography, Spring 2003
21M.675 Dance Theory and Composition, Fall 2003
21M.710 Script Analysis, Fall 2005
21M.714 Studies in Drama: Theater and Science in a Time of War, Spring 2005
21M.732 Costume Design for the Theater, Fall 2004
21M.733 Design for the Theater: Scenery, Spring 2005
21M.734 Design for the Theater: Scenery, Spring 2005
21M.734 Lighting Design for the Theatre, Fall 2003
21M.735 Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects, Spring 2004
21M.775 Hip Hop, Spring 2003
21M.873 Theater Arts Topics, Fall 2004 - January (IAP) 2005

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
21M.410 Vocal Repertoire and Performance, Spring 2005