• Music Major

    Hamline's music department integrates the development of musicianship skills with historical and theoretical study. All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to take music courses and lessons, and participate in ensembles. Ensembles include A Cappella Choir, chamber music ensembles, Jazz Band and jazz combos, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Women's Chorale.

    International study opportunities include full term and short term options. Recently music majors have enjoyed full term study in England, France, and the Netherlands. During the January short term our popular Music History Abroad course alternates tours of northern, central, and southern Europe.  Music majors have pursued successful careers in performance, composition, film scoring, teaching, music production, arts management, and professional fields relating to music.

    Sundin Music Hall, with its warm ambience and acoustics, is used for student recitals, rehearsals and concerts. The hall has digital recording equipment, web-streaming capability, a Hamburg Steinway piano, and a nine-foot Yamaha concert grand piano.  

    The department has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1961.

    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 in, for example, musicology, arts management or the music industry.

    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
    • 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):

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