music history

Music is emotion set to rhythm. This major critiques the composers and musical movements that defined history through their emotional expressions. More than just the study of joyful noise, music history is about interpreting world events by hearing, listening, and learning.

The major offers a window into the very soul of society: You’ll evaluate groundbreaking musicians and composers for their artistic merits and also for their cultural impact. Learning about troubadours and chants, for instance, opens up the world of the Medieval era; a course on jazz spotlights the socially charged era of the Harlem Renaissance. Suffolk has a varied course catalogue in music history; you’ll study large movements like the blues and hip-hop. You’ll study locally, in our course on music in Boston, and globally, with courses about music in Africa.

Most of all, you’ll march to your own drum: You’re welcome to combine the major with a complementary area of study. Many students opt for English, Theatre, or Business. A background in music history, on its own or combined with another major, has limitless possibilities: arts administration, public relations, box office management, nonprofit work, and teaching are just a few of the options.

Music on Campus and Beyond

Suffolk’s Performing Arts Office sponsors plenty of performance opportunities. As a diverse urban campus, we have groups dedicated to jazz, rhythm, gospel, and more. Our a capella group, the Ramifications, performs regularly on television and even at Boston Celtics basketball games. The C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk’s premier performance space, is a major venue for musical theatre and concerts. And some of the finest music venues in the world are just beyond our campus: the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Opera, and of course Wally’s, one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country.