We commit ourselves to fostering artistic talent, academic understanding, and respect for the highest professional standards. Our liberal arts curriculum encourages intellectual development, creativity, and perspective. We study the music of African Americans and the ways in which music from different cultures interact. Music is essential to the appreciation of the human experience. Students who major in music are exposed to contemporary technologies to enhance their studies. Majors must choose an emphasis in performance (e.g., woodwinds, brass, strings, voice, piano, or organ), choral conducting and literature, or composition. Students must take an advisory examination in music theory before matriculation in the program. The academic program director or division chair advises and places beginning theory students and students who take the theory diagnostic exam in the appropriate music theory level.


Music is a natural expression of the human experience. We produce Morehouse Men who understand music theory as the global language of music. Men who understand the terminology and tools employed in those styles, while not losing sight of the historical, socio-political, and ethical issues in the cultures that created them. Whether in the Western tradition or the African diaspora, our alumni are prepared to effectively communicate, and advocate for, music as an essential part of life. In our program, they acquire performance skills, such as proper technique and methods of preparation. They apply those skills through experience both in solo and ensemble performance. And they gain practical experience with software related to specific music emphases.

Major Course of Study Requirements

Graduation requirements include:

  • Completion of the 34-38 hour music core plus the additional 6-14 hours required in specific areas of emphasis
  • Completion of applied music in the student’s principal instrument or area of emphasis every semester he is enrolled
  • Participation in at least one of the performing organizations in the music program every semester the student is enrolled, up to a maximum of eight semesters
  • Completion of HCOM 351 Professional Communication, which represents a designated elective, coming from the music student’s elective hours
  • Completion of a piano proficiency exit examination

Morehouse College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to award a Bachelor of Arts in Music: 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, VA 20190-5248; (703)437-0700.