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. 64 credits are required for a major in music. All majors must take the following core courses:

  • 16 credits: Music Foundation (MUSC 103, 104, 110, 204)
  • 12 credits: Musicology and Ethnomusicology (includes 210, 211, 244, 245, 247, 248, 312 and CAMS 242)
  • 6 credits: Composition (includes 208, 220, composition lessons 285J/286J)
  • 6 credits: Integrative Exercise (400)
  • 6 credits: Seminars (from any MUSC 303-312 course)
  • 4 credits: Juried Lessons (MUSC 299 may fill this requirement. Composition (285J/286J) does not satisfy this requirement.)
  • 2 credits: Ensemble Participation
  • 6 credits: Music Electives (from any MUSC 2xx/3xx course)
  • 12 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.


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.