• Music Major


    Students pursuing a Music Major select an emphasis in either performance or musical arts. Course requirements (see below) are specific for performance majors while the musical arts track allows for more flexibility with elective choices in theory and history coursework. The performance emphasis requires the ability to develop significant repertoire and culminates in a senior recital; musical arts culminates in an interdisciplinary senior project. Students majoring in music develop career paths in performance, teaching, music therapy, film/video, recording arts, arts management, and a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits. 

     

    Major Requirements

    Performance Emphasis

    • Seven semesters of performance studies, 3000 and/or 5000 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, 3000 and/or 5000 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
    • This is an interdisciplinary project. The student must complete three courses from another discipline that will connect to and support their interdisciplinary work. A proposal describing the project and identifying the three courses must be submitted to the music faculty by the end of junior year. (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):

    • No more than 4 credits of Composition may be credited toward the Theory requirement for Musical Arts.