The Music Department is a community of creators and thinkers who explore worlds of music, sound, and performance. Students learn to make and engage with a wide range of music and sonic cultures, from medieval songs to viral TikToks, from birdsongs to electronic music. We offer a music major and two minors, and students from across the university have access to first-rate faculty and to performance opportunities in a wide range of ensembles. In our undergraduate courses and ensembles, we aim to provide an integrative context within which performance is seen as an integral part of our academic pursuits. Our graduate programs in music studies (musicology, ethnomusicology, theory) and composition are known for fostering creativity and rigor, thanks to the high degree of interaction and collaboration among students and faculty. We also listen to and engage with the vibrant cultural lives of Philadelphia, seeking to foster relationships with the wider communities in our city. We welcome you to join our ongoing dialogues and performances as we continue to explore the world of music and sound.



The Department of Music at Penn takes full advantage of the many and varied resources available throughout the University and the wider Philadelphia area in order to provide a rich and multifaceted environment within which to pursue research and craft. Foremost among these resources is the new music building, which provides new classrooms, offices, a state-of-the-art computer lab, and a well-equipped electronic studio. The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library holds over 103,000 volumes of books, music, periodicals, and a large collection of microforms. At the core of the collection are musical scores in both scholarly and performing editions, literature on music history and theory, and microforms of primary sources.


Music Computer Lab

The University of Pennsylvania Music Computer Lab installation was completed in January 1996. This facility was funded by SAS Computing, grants from the Instructional Computing Development Fund, a Pew grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Music Department. The lab, located on the 2nd floor of the Music Building, has 12 networked workstations consisting of a Macintosh computer, keyboard controller, and audio interface. The instructor's station has additional sound resources, and audio transfer and editing equipment. All stations are equipped for audio synthesis, editing, sequencing, notation, and basic video editing.Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lerner Center 201

The lab is designed primarily to serve undergraduates registered in music classes.
 Priority users are students in classes requiring or recommending lab work. 
Students should attend an orientation session before using the lab. Times will be announced in classes and posted in the lab.

Basic Information

  • Headphones are provided for use in the lab only.
  • Food and vaping/smoking is not permitted in the lab.
  • The desktop configurations of the computers should not be altered.
  • No student work is to be left on the hard drives.
  • Copying and installing software is prohibited.
  • Any student who abuses lab privileges will lose the right of access to the lab.
  • Printing is available for Music classes only.

Please report any problems with equipment or software to one of the lab consultants or email music-lab@sas.upenn.edu


Music Building

The renovation and expansion of the University of Pennsylvania Music Building consolidates distributed academic resources; revitalizes a prominent 19th century landmark; provides new community spaces for faculty and students, and serves as a model for the compatibility of historic and contemporary design expression.  As the campus’ first LEED Gold building, the project demonstrates that preservation, new design, and program can together produce a sustainable result.  Designed by Boston-based Ann Beha Architects, this project has been honored with design awards from the Society for College and University Planning, the Boston Society of Architects, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and Preservation Pennsylvania.