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  • I pursued a double major, including one in music, because I wanted a broad liberal arts education that would prepare me for my future career.
    Studying music at Dartmouth helped me develop my critical thinking skills. The composition classes taught me to translate my ideas into action.
    It was good preparation for my Wall Street career in which I must communicate effectively every day. 

  • My Freshman fall, I was thrown into the Music Department headfirst with an introductory class in Electro-Acoustic music.  From then on, I spent many Friday nights and weekends locked in the music department's BritTrax recording studio, creating my own pieces and playing with new sounds and ideas outside of class.  It was this kind of extra-curricular encouragement, to not only learn the core theoretical elements in the major, but also be inspired and given the tools to experiment on my own...

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  • I was drawn to the music major by the varied, novel coursework and unparalleled intimacy. Even though I did not choose a career in music, the department afforded me with a strong network of advisors and friends to help me find my way. I have been teaching Spanish for the last three years in Connecticut. As a teacher, I place great importance on developing the 21st century skills that I honed through my music studies: communication skills, scholarship, critical thinking, collaboration, and...

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  • I cannot claim to be a concert pianist or professional composer - unfortunately these days my piano and guitar sit dormant more often than not. That said, my major in Music modified with Engineering has served me very well as I've moved into the software field. Discussing complex compositions with a group of intelligent, musical peers is invaluable training for tackling large problems in almost any domain. Musical analysis teaches the value of diverse perspectives, the importance of...

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  • For me as a musician, Dartmouth was a place where anything was possible. I entered as an electric guitar player, thrilled to find a home playing jazz with the Barbary Coast and rocking fraternity parties on the weekends with a great band. I graduated as a music major who had discovered a love of Mozart, cultivated skills on the classical guitar with a great teacher, and spent my entire senior year composing and producing my own opera. It helped to have phenomenal professors like Bill Summers...

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  • One of the biggest influences during my time at Dartmouth was the Music FSP in 1999, which took place in London and led by Professor Sally Pinkas. During my junior year, I was fortunate to explore this fantastic city along with 16 of my classmates, where we attended concerts of everything from opera, symphony orchestras, string quartets (the Brentano Quartet at Wigmore Hall was one of my most vivid memories), to jazz singers, experimental and electronic music. Absorbing these experiences...

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  • My experience as a Dartmouth Music major ('96) played a huge role in me becoming the musician I am today.  It was through the grounding in composition and electronic music I received from Dartmouth's Music department that I continued to pursue music after graduation, first independently while working as a software developer, and subsequently full-time after my return to academia. I'm currently completing my PhD in 'Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics' at Stanford University's Center...

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  • Dartmouth's masters program in music allowed me to develop my interdisciplinary interests in composition, computer science, and music theory--  The course work was extremely rigorous and interesting, but the most important aspect of the program was its culture of intellectual confidence, creativity and innovation shared among professors and students (who were more like research peers than professors) and the many wonderful guest speakers that came to visit and collaborate with us at Bregman...

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  • Research is important, says Liliana Ma ’14, because it is a path to opportunities for expanding the current knowledge base. “So many careers and degrees are aimed at applying existing knowledge, which is obviously very important, but research allows us to think outside the box in areas that are of interest to us personally,” she says.

    Ma came to Dartmouth from Princeton Junction, N.J., where both her parents are engineers. She seeks balance in her own life through a double major in...

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  • Paul Finkelstein ’13 ~Orchestra Personnel Assistant, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

    While at Dartmouth, I pursued a rigorous course of study in music that exposed me to wonderful opportunities as a student of music theory and history and also as a performer, including traveling to Vienna, Austria, on the Music FSP, as well as conducting Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire as part of my Honors Thesis. This all helped me greatly after graduation, as potential employers were impressed by the...

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