Requirements for the Music Major

Students intending to major in music should consult with the Music Major Adviser, Professor Lawrence Archbold, early in their college career since the theory and history courses follow one another in a preferred sequence. 72 credits are required for a major in music. All majors must take the following core courses:

  • 18 credits: Music Theory (200, 201, 202)
  • 12 credits: Music History (211, 312)
  • 6 credits: Ethnomusicology (140, 141, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248 or AMST 214))
  • 6 credits: Composition (220; 285/286 cannot substitute for 220)
  • 6 credits: Music Since 1900 (303)
  • 2 credits: Music Major Colloquium (398)
  • 4 credits: Integrative Exercise (400)
  • 8 credits:  Juried Lessons, of which no more than 4 credits can be taken from MUSC 299. Composition (285/286) does not satisfy this requirement.
  • 4 credits: Ensemble Participation (from 185-195), of which at least 2 credits are in one of the following conducted ensembles: 185, 186, 187, 189, 190.
  • 6 credits: Music Electives (from any Music course, including lessons and ensembles).

Courses offered for a grade must be taken for a grade to apply to the major; i.e., courses cannot be taken S/CR/NC.

*Changes in Academic Year 2015-16:

70 credits will be required for a major in music. 18 credits in Music Theory (200, 201, 202) will be replaced by:

  • 4 credits: Musicianship (103, 104)
  • 12 credits: Music Theory (110, 204)

Performance Requirement

Every music major must, at least on one occasion, give a public performance of a piece he or she has worked on with one of the major's applied music instructors. This performance must be a solo, not a group, performance and might take place during a studio recital or common time recital, a Junior or Senior solo recital, or some other event sponsored by the Music Department.

In addition to the minimal performance requirements in the core curriculum, students are strongly urged to pursue additional applied study and further participation in a performing organization and/or the chamber music program. Since modest ability at the keyboard is helpful in most areas of music study, achieving piano proficiency is strongly recommended.

Double Major

A student planning to double major should plan early and carefully in view of the sequential nature of the music major curriculum. In particular, plans for off-campus study need to be considered well in advance. Such students should consult with the chairs of both departments.