The Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) is an intensive four-year program designed for students interested in exploring Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in addition to areas such as sciences, humanities, and other subjects in the college of liberal arts and sciences. As B.M.A. candidates, students will take fifty percent of their classes in music, and fifty percent in the college of liberal arts and sciences. Lawrence University does not require a classical audition as part of the application requirements to the B.M.A. program.
The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree allows you to focus primarily on music in a professional degree program that is founded upon principles of liberal education. You can major in performance, music education, or theory/composition. About two-thirds of your classes will be in music, including lessons, classes such as music theory and history, and ensembles, while non-music classes will comprise the remaining third of your studies. As a result, you will receive a well-rounded education along with musical instruction of the highest quality, preparing you well for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century.
The Lawrence University Conservatory serves around 350 highly engaged, enthusiastic, and passionate students. With three degrees, four majors, two areas of emphasis, two minors, twenty-six studios, and nine large ensembles there is a multitude of ways to sculpt a musical life at Lawrence.
Our mission and vision drive everything that we do here, and it is because of this expansive foundation that the Lawrence Conservatory is consistently ranked one of the top in the nation, with growing applications and graduates who go on to change the face of the musical world, again.
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music: Inspiring performance, engaging intellect, energizing passion.
Preparing musicians to create a more thoughtful, meaningful, and beautiful world:
Within a motivated community that cultivates artistry and excellence through rigorous training.
Within a diverse community that fosters intellectual growth through critical inquiry and scholarship.
Within a creative community that connects the passion for music to social engagement and innovative thinking.
Five-year B.A. and B.Mus. double-degree program
Lawrence offers a combined B.A./B.Mus. degree program, an innovative course of study that allows you to immerse yourself in music and at least one other field of study at a very high level. In this rigorous five-year program, about half your coursework will be in music, with the other half in general education courses and a second major. The combination of a nationally ranked liberal arts college with a leading conservatory of music makes Lawrence's double-degree program a unique opportunity to pursue both musical and non-musical interests at a very high level in a collaborative environment. Each incoming double degree student meets with two advisors (one from the Conservatory and one from the College). Students and advisors work collaboratively in order to help plan a successful course of study. Our double-degree program is so successful because all of our professors see such great value in the dual course of study. If you choose the double degree program, you won't be alone. About half of every entering the Conservatory class are double degree students.
Music for all
At Lawrence, we believe that music is a birthright. This means that no matter who you are or what circumstances you are in you have the right to experience and participate in creating music. Music for All is the product of this mindset and is the umbrella which houses all our outreach programs.
Through the Music for All initiative, we strive to expand the impact of music outside of the concert hall, by bringing music into the community to engage the audience in new ways and often to get them involved in the music-making process itself. Using music to build bridges we challenge students to think outside the box, to create new and innovative performance opportunities for themselves, to engage with their craft in new and expansive ways.
Through all this, we lay the groundwork for them to create a musical life after Lawrence which suits their needs exactly, and is not simply a replica of what some might think is the life of a professionally trained musician.
Music for All is exactly what it sounds like; music, for everyone. Regardless of color, age, orientation, or ability. Music creating connections between people, expansive, inclusive, collective community creative collaboration.
Conservatory -Lawrence University is the only nationally ranked liberal arts college and conservatory dedicated exclusively to undergraduate students in the USA.
Majors: Performance, Education, Theory-Composition and Music,
Areas of emphasis: Jazz and Improvisational Music or Collaborative Piano
Minors: Pedagogy and Music
Studios: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Contrabass, Euphonium, Flute, Guitar, Harpsichord, Horn, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice
Studios and Departments
Jazz & Improvisational Music
Get to know current Lawrence students
If you would like to talk directly to a current student about their experiences, we have international student interns available to talk or keep in touch over social media. Read about our students below and contact us with your questions or to find a time to talk with them.
Studying Government, East Asian Studies, History
Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
Ask me about: Social sciences or humanities, or study abroad in London!
College search advice: Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) or LU YouTube Channel would be your good friend! Also, please talk to us, the enthusiastic and friendly group of current students in the International Admission who will love to share Lawrence stories with you!
Involved in: Community Advisor
Favorite spot to study: My signature spot in the library! It is a single desk on the second floor, by the window, and behind all bookshelves. I love this spot since it is perfect for me: quiet, peaceful, light, and it has a stunning view to the main grass-land during the fall!
College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
College search advice: Start the application early so you will have enough time to struggle through things such as Recommendation Letters and Essays. Remember to consider your choice in terms of financial aid, school size, surrounding area, school culture, specific programs, etc.