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Community for Musical Scholars

What is the Community for Musical Scholars?

This is an exciting and supportive community designed for students who are admitted music majors. You will live with peers from around the world who are pursuing one or more of our many music degrees, such as composition, music education, music technology, and performance. The goal of the community is to provide you with multiple levels of performance, academic, and personal support to further enhance the world-class education you’ll receive in the School of Music and Dance.

Why should I choose to live in the Community for Musical Scholars?

In addition to the benefits of living with colleagues who are pursuing similar degree paths, you will have access to on-site music tutors and academic advising. You will also have around-the-clock access to acoustically designed practice rooms, acoustic and digital pianos, as well as common community and group study spaces. It is equally important to note that your resident assistant will be a music major who can be a valuable resource, especially for students in their first and second years of study.

What amenities will the community feature?

  • Six music practice rooms
  • Lounge with upright piano
  • More access to faculty connections
  • Community learning and engagement
  • Multipurpose room with community study space, classroom technology, electric keyboards and a grand piano

Which classes will we take?

  • MUS 358 - Music in World Cultures (4 credits). Satisfies International Cultures (IC) general education requirement
  • MUS 131 - Music Theory I (2 credits)*
  • MUS 132 - Music Theory II (2 credits)*
  • MUS 133 - Music Theory III (2 credits)*

*Required for music majors; optional for non-majors.


This community is currently located in Hamilton Hall. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes. 

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

Only students who are admitted to and pursuing the music major may be a part of this academic residential community. However, there may be room for music minors and non-music majors in the residence hall, which would provide access to practice rooms and an active, engaged musical community. 

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select Community for Musical Scholars on the "Community Preference" section.
  • Second - Complete the "Community Questions" section on the housing application. This will ensure that the faculty director will be able to review your application to live in this community. The faculty director will be in contact with you before summer to determine your placement in this community.

For more information, email the music academic advisor at