Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Students

Prospective students are welcome to visit the Department of Music. It's best to call (603.646.2520) or email ( in advance to ensure that a staff or faculty member will be able to meet with you.

The Music Department is not a music school; because Dartmouth College is a liberal arts institution, the Department does not hold auditions nor are applications made directly to the Department. If a matriculating student wishes to pursue a major or minor in music, concentration can be on any of the following: composition, theory, history, ethnomusicology, or performance.

There is a Masters Program in Digital Musics. For information please email Yvonne Pelletier, Academic Coordinator for Digital Musics.

Participation in the Hopkins Center performing ensembles or taking lessons in the Music Department's Individual Instruction Program (IIP) or Music 50 Performance Laboratories is not limited to music majors or minors.

Admissions and Arts Supplements

Applicants for first-year admission with well-developed talent in the fine or performing arts—studio art, dance, theater, film and media studies, and/or music—who intend to participate in and/or study the arts, may submit supplementary materials for review by our faculty. These materials must be submitted via the Admissions Office's online portal. Please do not send your materials to the Department of Music. Further instructions on preparing and submitting the arts supplement may be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Arts Portfolio Instrictions (PDF)

Arts Portfolio Walkthrough Video