The mission of the Music Department at Tulane University is to train and inspire aspiring professionals as well as enthusiasts for lifelong involvement in the various facets of music. This instruction is offered by talented performers, historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, composers and technologists, who honor and build upon the outstanding music tradition of the department. By giving freely of these strengths and resources, and offering educational guidance and enriching performances on and off campus, the influence of the department resonates in the greater New Orleans community. Rooted in the uniquely dynamic musical past and present of the city, it seeks to contribute to this cultural life, while fostering an understanding of the broader practice of music-making worldwide.
Newcomb Department of Music shares the commitment to racial justice outlined in this School of Liberal Arts statement in response to the June, 2020 protests.