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Requirements

A minimum of 10 courses is required for a major in music; additional courses are strongly encouraged. Through the integration of theory, history, and performance, the major takes the study of music to an advanced level by focusing on the creation and reception of music in a wide variety of cultural contexts. It is designed to accommodate students with diverse interests and career goals. In planning their electives, students are encouraged to design a program that develops at least one area of special interest. Many students choose to engage in solo and collaborative performance, creative projects, independent study, and advanced tutorials.

Requirements for Music Majors in the Class of 2022 and Beyond

3 Theory Courses

  • Theory of Music 1 (Music 201), with Musicianship Lab 1 (Music 202)
  • Theory of Music 2 Music 203) with Musicianship Lab 2 (Music 204)
  • Advanced Topics in Theory (Music 305)

3 History Courses

  • History of Western Music 1 (Music 211)
  • History of Western Music 2 (Music 212)
  • Advanced Topics in Music History (Music 315)

4 Electives*

  • 2 courses at the 200 level or higher (one of these courses must be a classroom experience)
  • 2 courses at the 300 level or higher (one of these courses must be a classroom experience)

* One of these must be in World Music, Popular Music, Digital/Computer Music, or Jazz at the 200 level or higher

Performance Labs

  • 2 semesters of participation in a department ensemble (Music 110, 111, 112, 113, or 114)
  • 2 semesters of private lessons on an instrument or voice (Music 105, 106, or 205, 206)

Requirements for Music Majors in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021

(unless students opt into the new major)

Theory Courses

  • Theory of Music 1 (Music 201)
  • Theory of Music 2 (Music 203/formerly Music 202)
  • Theory of Music 3 (Music 301)
  • Theory of Music 4 (Music 302)

History Courses

  • History of Western Music 1 (Music 211)
  • History of Western Music 2 (Music 212)

Electives

  • 3 music courses (Music 101 and Music 103 do not count toward the major)

Senior Seminar

  • (Music 400) in the spring semester of the fourth year

Study Abroad

Many majors choose to study abroad and up to two electives may be completed abroad with approval, though required theory and history courses may not be taken abroad. All majors who wish to go abroad should consult the department’s study abroad advisor for approval of courses taken abroad to count toward the major.

Advanced Placement Credit

Students with AP Credit in Music Theory, prior coursework in, or knowledge of music theory may earn advanced placement in the department’s theory sequence. These students may be eligible for advanced placement in the major and should consult with the chair of the department. Please note: even in these cases, AP Credit does not count toward the number of courses required for the major.