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 also 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-five credits, including:

  • One 200- or 300-level course in Ethnomusicology or Popular Music (6 credits)
  • Composition (6 credits)
  • Ensemble Participation (2 credits)
  • 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 be “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)