The music students study the evolution of music and its cultural and expressive legacy and impact. Both the study of music (courses in music history, theory, performance, and composition) and the practice of music (applied music) are integral parts of the curriculum. Students come to Hotchkiss with a wide range of musical interests, ability, and experience, from serious musicians aspiring to a performance career to the simply curious who want know more about music or take up an instrument.
The music department offers an active series of student chamber music concerts. Guest artists frequently visit the School, offering workshops, master classes, and concerts.