Music Degree Information

Push Your Musical Abilities Further than You Thought Possible

If music is your love and your path to personal and professional growth, our Music major will develop your artistic knowledge, practical skills and industry savvy. Opportunities in the music industry extend beyond performance to include composing (for film, television and games), sound engineering, teaching, music publishing, music administration, and music therapy. At Franklin
Pierce, you will work with faculty who are professional composers and highly regarded performers.

You will learn core concepts of music theory and performance, music history and music technology. As a music major, you will develop artistic ability, self-confidence, discipline, as well as problem-solving, creative thinking, and networking skills that will serve you in all your future endeavors.

Graduates have worked for Db Studios, Riot Games, The New Hampshire Law School and the Zac Brown Band. Others have pursued graduate education in Music composition, Theory, Musicology, and performance, attending institutions such as King’s College London, Syracuse University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

A major and minor are offered.

Performance Concentration

The Performance Concentration is specifically designed for students interested in instrument performace instruction.

Professional Concentration

The Professional Concentration is specifically designed for students interested in professional instrument instruction.

Music Technology Concentration

The Music Technology Concentration is specifically designed for students interested in recording, electronic, and music technology.

Instrumental Ensembles

You can join the jazz, guitar, and percussion ensembles, or our contemporary ensemble, Defenstration.

Vocal EnsemblesIf your talent is voice, you can join the Choral Union, which performs a variety of genres, or the Lachrimae, dedicated to music, costume, and dance from the Middle Ages and Renaissance era.
  • Brett Wilson '04

    "I would not have met my band mates, my wife (and had my daughter) if it wasn't for Franklin Pierce. Our band, Roots of Creation, has a huge network of fans and friends that have supported us since day one at venues across the U.S. (and the world) thanks to the relationships we made in this intimate community. This extended family has recently played a major part in hitting #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart with our new fan-funded triple album - Livin Free (Bombshelter Records/ILS/Universal). I gained invaluable experience and connections through the internship program. I can't imagine my life without the Franklin Pierce community.”

    Brett Wilson '04

    Guitarist and Lead Singer/Co-Manager, Roots of Creation and Owner, Bombshelter Records 

Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
  • Country 102.5
  • Paramount Picutres
  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Virginia Opera
  • Trinity Repertory Company
  • Sony
  • The Boston Early Music Festival
  • High and Dry Studios
  • Trod Nossel Studios
  • Paramount Studios


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Bios

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Want to Know More?

Download the Music Program SheetDownload a Music program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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