Student playing instrument during Mark Laver, Assistant Professor of Music Rehearsal


Do you love music? The Music Department offers lessons, ensembles, and courses for beginners and experienced musicians alike, in styles ranging from Gregorian chant to Gospel. Courses in theory, history, ethnomusicology, jazz, composition, and performance have interdisciplinary links to many other departments; with intense faculty mentoring, music majors develop strong career opportunities in these and many other fields. Come explore our world-class instrument collection, and sample some of the 100-plus events we host each year!

Thumbnail from Making Music — Grinnell College

For Vincent Kelley ’16 and Omri Benami ’16, making music is about engaging with many different disciplines. The Grinnell approach to music allows them to meaningfully dive into the complexity of the history and context of the music they play.

Department News

Alex Dean with tenor saxophone

Grinnell Jazz Ensemble Pays Tribute to the Music of Canada

The Grinnell Jazz Ensemble, joined by Toronto-based tenor saxophonist Alex Dean, will present a concert featuring music composed, arranged, and performed by musicians from Canada on Friday, Dec. 6.
David Rothenberg playing his clarinet for whales near Hawaii

Jazz Clarinetist Who Makes Music With Whales, Birds, Bugs to Visit the College

Author and composer David Rothenberg — who makes music with whales, birds, and bugs — will give a concert, join a panel discussion, and lead an excursion to explore sounds of nature.

Audition for Grinnell Singers! Fall 2019

Auditions for the Grinnell Singers new members taking place Aug. 26–30. Returning members Aug. 29–30.
Dec. 5

Latin American Ensemble Concert

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Dec. 6

Pre-Concert Talk on Phil Nimmons

Bucksbaum 152 - Lawson Lecture Hall
Friday, December 6, 2019, 4 – 5pm
Dec. 6

Jazz Ensemble Concert with Alex Dean

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30 – 9pm
Dec. 7

Nick Miguel Voice Studio Recital

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2 – 3pm

Department Information

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Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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