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Requirements for the Major

Music Theory (4 courses = 16 credits)

  • MUS 131, 231, 231, 232 (Music Theory I, II, III, IV)

Music History (2 courses = 8 credits)

Two courses selected from the following History of Western Music Sequence:

  • MUS 203 (Ancient to Baroque)
  • MUS 204 (Classical to Romantic)
  • MUS 205 (Music Since 1900)

World Music Elective (1 Course = 4 credits)

One course selected from the following:

  • MUS 104 (Intro to World Music & Ethnomusicology)
  • MUS 313 (Music of Latin America)
  • MUS 314 (Music of Asia)
  • MUS 327 (Music, Ritual and Early Christianity)
  • MUS 406 (Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology)

Music Electives (2 Courses = 8 credits)

  • Any two four-credit courses in music (except MUS 100)

Performance Requirements (18 credits):

 

for students of Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Strings, and Voice:

  • Four semesters of two-credit applied music in their declared area (8 credits)
  • Two semesters of two-credit applied or class piano, or by passing a piano proficiency exam (4 credits)
  • Performance ensemble participation (6 credits)

for students of Guitar and Composition:

  • Four semesters of two-credit applied music in their declared area (8 credits)
  • Two semesters of two-credit applied or class piano, or by passing a piano proficiency exam (4 credits)
  • Six additional credits of applied music or ensemble participation (6 credits)

for students of Piano:

  • Four semesters of two-credit applied music in their declared area (8 credits)
  • Ten additional credits of applied music or ensemble participation (10 credits)

Other Requirements:

  • Music majors must attend and participate in department-designated performances and events. In this regard, the department faculty reserves the right to assign majors to specific tasks and responsibilities.
  • If a Music Major intends to pursue graduate work in music, the department strongly recommends studying two years of German or French, in that order of preference.
  • Music Majors are required to perform as a soloist in a student performance class or honors recital at least once.

Senior Capstone Experience (4 credits):

The Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) in music may be fulfilled by writing an extensive research paper or an extended composition; by presenting a research paper in conjunction with a lecture recital; by performing an hour-long solo recital; or by combining a half recital with a research paper. Students may pursue an alternate SCE project with the approval of the department chair. Students who double major are encourage to explore a project that satisfies both majors. The SCE will be accorded Pass, Fail, or Honors, and, upon successfully completing it, the student will receive four credits. Click Here for more information.