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Barnard College Department of Music
319 Milbank Hall
Columbia University Department of Music
621 Dodge Hall
Department Administrative Assistant: Mary Missirian

Director: Gail Archer (Senior Lecturer)

Other officers of the University offering courses listed below:

Professors: Joseph Dubiel, Walter Frisch, Brad Garton, Ellie Hisama, Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis, Tristan Murail, Elaine Sisman, John Szwed
Associate Professors: Susan Boynton, David E. Cohen, Aaron Fox, Giuseppe Gerbino, Ana Maria Ochnoa, Christopher Washburne
Assistant Professors: Ellen Gray, Karen Henson, Fabien Levy
Lecturers: Gail Archer, Deborah Bradley-Kramer, Jeffrey Milarsky
Director of Music Performance: Guiseppe Gerbino
BC Adjunct Professor: Kristy Riggs
BC Music Associates: Jean-Paul Björlin, Harolyn Blackwell, Spiro Malas, Jane McMahan, Josephine Mongiardo, Robert Osborne
CU Associates: Sarah Adams, Elliot Bailen, Allen Blustine, Vicki Bodner, Yari Bond, Ricardo Calleo, Marco Cappelli, Kenneth Cooper, Wayne DuMaine, Mark Goldberg, Yelena Grinberg, June Han, Dan Hayward, Robert Ingliss, Sue Anne Kahn, Kyu-Young Kim, Lisa Kim, Min-Young Kim, Arthur Kampela, David Krauss, Nina Lee, Bin Love, Spiro Malas, Jeremy McCoy, Jeff Milarsky, Mary Monroe, Rosamund Morley, Ah-Ling Neu, Tara O’Connor, Neils Ostbye, Muneko Otani, Susan Palma-Nidel, Stewart Raymond, Pablo Rieppi, Richard Rood, Susan Rotholz, Michael Skelly, Wendy Sutter, Scott Temple, Jessica Thompson, Reiko Uchida, Ben Waltzer, Michael Whitcombe, Steve Williamson, James Wilson, Sarah Wolfson


The Barnard Music Program provides the vocal program for the university, which includes the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir, solo studio voice lessons and two levels of limited-enrollment vocal classes, Technique in Singing, and the Vocal Repertoire Class. In addition, the program provides a music history course, Introduction to Music, which is a year-long survey of Western European art music, from sixth-century Gregorian Chant to the work of living composers. The course fulfills the Fine and Performing Arts requirement of the General Education Requirements and also serves as a pre-requisite for the music major. Students may complete a senior project in music repertoire by presenting an hour-long recital, or may write a fifty-page thesis project in music research. The successful student will gain professional level performance skills though studio lessons and the theory and ear training sequence, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of music history from the courses in historical musicology and ethnomusicology provided by the Music Department at Columbia University.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully graduate with a major in music will be able to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Analyze the harmonic structure of art music and identify schools of composition by historic period and nationality;
  2. Read music at sight at the keyboard, with their instrument, or sight sing representative excerpts from all periods of Western European art music;
  3. Perform at a professional level vocally or instrumentally;
  4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the diversity of style, musical period and mastery of the representative literature for voice or instrument.
  5. Apply knowledge of musical theories, traditions and periods to the study of the major;
  6. Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  7. Explain the theoretical concepts and organizational principles, harmony, pitch, and rhythm of both non-Western and Western art music.