Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

As head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, I think I have the greatest job in the world. I have a front-row seat to the development and performances of bright, talented young musicians, and they never cease to amaze.

The students at Carnegie Mellon are creative, curious, intelligent, committed and ambitious. Nurturing and challenging these remarkable young people requires a special school of music and a special university. We think we have both.

Our mission is to cultivate talented students into mature musical artists, so high level conservatory-type training is here in abundance. But beyond this, the School of Music is part of one of the world’s great research universities, a place where learning, exploring, and collaborating is encouraged, especially across disciplines. The education at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music is holistic - fostering intellect as well as talent, character as well as musicianship. We want to graduate artists who can think creatively and critically, and who are capable of inventing a rewarding career path for themselves.

I hope you will peruse this website, visit, email us, and explore all that Carnegie Mellon has to offer. The Carnegie Mellon School of Music is a special place because passionate people with remarkable skills are doing extraordinary things.

Sincerely yours,
Denis Colwell's Signature
Denis Colwell
Head, School of Music