Requirements for the Music Major

The Music Major introduces students to the primary subfields of music, developing the skills of research, analysis, performance, and the creation of original work. Broadly diverse in its coverage of styles, cultures, and fields, the Music Department provides students foundational knowledge in multiple modes of music study, but offers students substantial freedom in crafting focus of courses relevant to individual interests. The skills in critical thinking, research, writing, and performance gained in the major have proven pertinent and applicable to alumni in a broad variety of fields. Students planning a professional career in music should consult with faculty members in their area for advice and assistance.

Requirements for the Music Major

Sixty-four credits, including:

  • Musical Foundations and Theory (16 credits)
    • MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 110, and MUSC 204
  • One 200- or 300-level course in Western Art Music (6 credits)
    • MUSC 210, MUSC 211, MUSC 308 or MUSC 312
  • One 200- or 300-level course in Ethnomusicology or Popular Music (6 credits)
    • ARBC 222, CAMS 242, MUSC 215, MUSC 245, MUSC 247, MUSC 248, MUSC 332, MUSC 336, MUSC 337
  • Composition (6 credits)
    • MUSC 153J, MUSC 208, MUSC 220, MUSC 253J, MUSC 285J, MUSC 286J, MUSC 340
  • Ensemble Participation (2 credits)
    • MUSC 185-195
  • Juried Applied Lessons (4 credits)
    • Any combination of juried applied lessons and MUSC 299 may fill this requirement. Composition 153J/253J does not satisfy this requirement
  • 300-level Seminar (6 credits)
    • Any Music course numbered between Music 303 to Music 339, Inclusive note: a course which fulfills the seminar requirement may not e "double counted" toward other requirements, e.g., Western Art Music, Ethnomusicology, or Popular Music.
  • Music Electives (12 credits)
    • Any MUSC credits, including Music classes, ensembles, chamber music, applied lessons, and MUSC 299
  • Integrative exercise (6 credits)
    • MUSC 400