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The Music Department welcomes students to study the vast dimensions of the music field where STEM meets Arts – STEAM. The Music Department program ensures that the students will gain a comprehensive knowledge base around music theory, music history, performance, and music technology. Students are offered multiple pathways to musical learning including certificates, a minor,  and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree through two options. The BA further consists of two options: concentration in Music Technology or General Music Studies. The Music Department programs integrate a multidisciplinary learning approach exploring past, present, and future directions of music that are designed to cultivate “thinking musicians.” Over the course of their undergraduate experience, music majors will perform or present in at least two recitals. This major is designed for students who have a passion for music, its traditions and what might lie beyond past and current practices. All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to becoming a successful professional: communication and listening thoughtfully, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

CLA Faculty Profile: Tae Hong Park

Tae Hong Park

Tae Hong Park is a composer, bassist, and music technologist. Born in Austria and spending his pre-college developmental periods in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, Park received his engineering degree from Korea University and worked in digital communication systems at the LG Central Research Lab in Seoul in the mid 1990s. He also holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton University (MA, MFA, & PhD). His current interests are primarily in computer-aided composition, AI and computational music analytics/preservation/experiencing, cyber-physical systems to create soundmaps, and new media studies. His music has been heard in various locations including Austria, Brazil, China, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Slovenia, Sweden, UK, and USA; in venues, conferences and festivals including Bourges, Carnegie Hall, DIEM, ICMC, klangprojektionen, Nabi, Reflexionen Festival, SEAMUS, and SICMF. His works have been played by groups and performers such as the Ahn Trio, Argento Ensemble, Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Ensemble Surplus, Edward Carroll, Kaleidoscope, Nash Ensemble of London, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Park is chief architect of the Citygram project – a real-time data-driven, community-driven, and art-driven “3D” soundmapping project launched in 2010 recently featured in The Atlantic and funded by organizations such as Google and IBM. Dr. Park has also served as the President of ICMA, director of the Interactive Arts Performance Series at NYU, is currently a board member of NYCEMF, and has served as Chair of ICMC 2006/2018/2019, ICAD 2013, Ircam Forum 2022 conferences, and founded the Noisegate 2016 in collaboration with the UN-SDNS. He is author of “Introduction to DSP: Computer Musically Speaking” published in 2010. Before joining Purdue, Dr. Park taught at New York University’s Music Technology and Music Composition programs for 11 years. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Purdue University Music Department.

Plan of Study

Music Webpage

Transfer to Music

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Additional Info: Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information. 

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Music

  •   Performing Artist
  •   Composer
  •   Talent Agent
  •   Record Producer
  •   Music Teacher

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