The Music Department at Wellesley College offers both a highly regarded academic program and a wide range of outstanding performance activities. 

The Music Department offers both a highly regarded academic program and a wide range of outstanding performance activities, providing an ideal environment for students who seek to combine serious musical study with a traditional liberal arts curriculum. For students who wish to undertake focused exploration of music history, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, digital media, experimental music and performance practice, our academic curriculum includes programs for a music major or music minor. For those who wish to expand their knowledge of music without making it a central focus of their college education, numerous course offerings require no special background.


Performance Program

All levels of students are welcome, including beginners! If you have any questions about the ensembles, please contact the director(s) of each ensemble. For questions about music lessons, please contact Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program, at eakahori@wellesley.eduPlease visit our Performance Program webpages for more information.


Private lessons in Classical genres

  • Voice
  • Keyboards: piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, carillon, accordion
  • Strings: harp, violin, baroque violin, viola, cello, double bass, viola da gamba, classical guitar, lute, guzheng
  • Winds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, saxophone
  • Brass and Percussion: French horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba, percussion, marimba


Private lessons in Jazz and World Music genres

  • Voice
  • Keyboards: piano
  • Strings: fiddle, violin, viola, electric & upright bass, guitar
  • Winds and Brass: flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, low brass
  • Percussion: drumset, vibraphone, Caribbean and West African percussion