Resources and Opportunities

The Department of Music offers students the opportunity to participate in ensembles, take music lessons, borrow from an extensive collection of instruments, and receive fellowships or grants to work on a special project that requires outside or additional resources. 


Ensembles are a great way for students of all musical backgrounds to immerse themselves in music here at Bowdoin. Opportunities are available for students at all levels of technical facility.





Individual Performance Studies are open to all Bowdoin students. Currently, lessons are offered in: classical piano, jazz piano, classical voice, pop/jazz voice, guitar, jazz guitar, cello, violin, viola, harp, oud, jazz bass, clarinet, French horn, trombone, trumpet, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, and percussion.

Applied Music Scholarships

For students who are on financial aid, scholarships are available to cover the cost of music lessons for credit. 

Scholarships are supported by the following funds:

  • Isaacson Family Applied Music Scholarship Fund
  • Judson Fund, given by Ron and Kathy Judson in Memory of Todd Judson, Class of 1998
  • Friends Fund, given by the Association of Bowdoin Friends

For more information about applied music scholarships, please see Clare MacKenzie (Gibson Hall Room 103).

If a student is on scholarship and is required to purchase musical scores, there are two options for financial assistance with those purchases. Students may ask their dean if the Office of the Dean of Students can provide funds to reimburse them, or they can contact Delmar Small (in the music department) who can purchase the score directly.

Institutional Fellowships

Institutional fellowships are administered through the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.