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Music At Purdue Learning Community is open to all first-year students who are interested in considering a degree or certificate in music at Purdue. Whether you love alternative rock, country, Top 40, classical, musical theater, or raga saarang, this eclectic musical learning community is for you. It is an exciting time here at Purdue with the development of new musical opportunities at Purdue University. In 2020-2021, you can minor in music theory and history or get a certificate in music technology. In your first semester, you take SCLA 101 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity (UCC Written Communication and Information Literacy) with one of our LC instructors.

You will have the opportunity to go to musical performances for free and highly reduced prices both on and off campus. We anticipate at least one trip to Chicago or Indianapolis. There is dedicated housing for you to live with other musically minded people. Finally, what musical experience is complete without the opportunity to make some yourself. Learning community jams and musical workshops will be held regularly for people of all levels of musical ability. Grab a ukulele, warm up your singing voice, dust off that melodica, we want to celebrate music with you.


  • First-Year students who have an interest in pursuing a degree or certificate in music at Purdue.
  • Students have to take SCLA 101 Lec 1 (20593-007) with Dr. Lynn Hooker in Fall 2020.

Residential Component

  • Optional within Owen Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes



  • SCLA 101 – Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking & Communication


  • Choose from: MUS – Music Theory I, II, III (optional, depending on prior theory knowledge)

Events and Activities Included:

  • Participatory musical jam sessions
  • Workshops on music making skills
  • Field trips
  • Lunches and Dinners with professors
  • Free and highly reduced performance tickets
  • Service learning opportunities

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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