You are welcome to visit the Department at any time, although we in no way require or expect you to make the trip. You should know that we do invite the students we accept to our program to come to Cambridge in the late winter/early spring as part of our admissions process. At that time, admitted students meet with faculty, get to know our current students, and are introduced to other students who have also been admitted.
We regret that we are not able to make appointments with individual faculty members during a pre-admissions visit.
If you do decide to make an informational visit prior to the admissions deadline there are optimum times, such as between October and December. If you visit at another time of the year, check the academic schedule to avoid reading/exam periods and semester breaks. It is not necessary to visit, nor should you see it as a way to improve your chances of admission.
Rather, a visit is simply a good way to learn about our Department's intellectual environment and infrastructure. We urge you to consult the course schedule http://www.music.fas.harvard.edu/courses.htmlso that you can plan to sit in on one or more graduate seminars (please ask permission of the instructing professor first: music professors can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). This is the best way to get to know the professors and students.
You may also want to attend any colloquia, lectures, or faculty seminars that coincide with your visit (check our calendar at www.music.fas.harvard.edu/calendar.html), or to tour the Music Library (contact Liza Vick to make an appointment at email@example.com) and other Harvard libraries. It may also be possible to chat informally with some of our current graduate students, who are apt to be working in the department and library during the academic year.
Our receptionists can tell you more about the schedule of events (call 617-495-2791). You can also reach them through email: Kaye Denny (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Charles Stillman (email@example.com).
Tours of the Harvard campus are available twice each day Monday through Friday (and some on weekends), and originate from the Holyoke Information Center in the Holyoke Center Arcade, right in the middle of Harvard Square.
If you have questions about a specific field, you may contact the Graduate Advisor in that field. For more general questions, contact the Director of Graduate Studies. All Professors can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Type the professor's name in the subject line of your email letter (for example, Subject: for Prof. Kelly, or for Director of Graduate Studies). To find out more about the faculty advisors, find their brief bios and professorial titles at faculty/people.html#faculty