• Music Major


    Major Requirements

    Students select an emphasis in either performance or musical arts. The performance emphasis requires the ability to develop significant repertoire culminating in a recital. With further post-baccalaureate education and training, students could go on to pursue graduate study at a conservatory or school of music, certification in music education, or careers in performance. Musical arts emphasis is recommended for students interested in pursuing a variety of interdisciplinary options, for example, arts management or the music industry.

    Performance Emphasis

    • Seven semesters of performance studies at the 3000 level
    • Seven semesters of ensemble participation
    • One 4-credit elective course in music
    • One 4-credit music history elective
    • Pass Piano proficiency exam or four semesters of piano

    Musical Arts Emphasis

    • Six semesters of performance studies at the 3000 level
    • Six semesters of ensemble participation
    • Eight credits of music history courses at the 3000 level (**see list below)
    • Eight credits of music theory courses at the 3000 level (**see list below)
    • One 4-credit elective in music
    • MUS 5930 - Senior Musical Arts Project
    • Three courses in another department (*see below)

    *Three courses must be completed in a related department, connected to the senior project. (Upon major declaration in the sophomore year, a musical arts student submits a proposal to the music department faculty outlining a related field. For example, a student interested in aesthetics may take three philosophy courses and complete a senior project on the aesthetics of music, or a student may take three mathematics courses and produce a senior project on the relationship between music and mathematics.)

    **Music History Courses at the 3000-level (8 credits required):

    **Music Theory Courses at the 3000-level (8 credits required):