The Department of Music offers an array of courses in theory, history and ethnomusicology designed for the major and for the general student. In addition to classroom courses, students are invited to participate in ensembles including the Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, Chinese Music Ensemble and Chamber Music. Private lessons, from beginning to advanced levels, are available and are taught by some of the full-time faculty and 30 part-time faculty (Co-Chairs: Professor Lawrence Archbold and Professor Melinda Russell).
Can I major in Music? Yes, a major in Music is offered.
If I'm taking private lessons, can I also take a 6-credit course the same term? Yes, absolutely!
Topics explored: Theory, Composition, History, Ethnomusicology, Private Lessons, Instrumental and Choral Ensembles.
How to get started: In addition to lessons and ensembles, the following courses are recommended for first-year students:
Fall Term: Introduction to Composition (117); History of Rock (136); Global Popular Music (141); Theory I (200) and Music of Africa (245). One Argument & Inquiry seminar is also offered: Degenerate Music (100).
Winter Term: Introduction to Music Technology (108); Western Art Music and Western Civilization (111); The History of Jazz (130); Golden Age of R&B (132); and Theory II (201).
Spring Term: Music Fundamentals (101); Music & Text: Songs from Beethoven to Ben Folds (121); History of Rock (136); Theory III (201); Computer Music & Sound (208); Sound and Music in New Media (CAMS 242); Music of India (248).