• Music Major


    The Music major at Hamline University is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in hands-on musicianship, technical skills, and understanding music's theoretical and historical aspects. Building on this foundation, students are encouraged to explore suggested pathways at the intermediate level leading to careers in performance, composition, music technology, and/or non-profit management in the arts. All students majoring in music conclude their studies with a senior capstone experience that emphasizes holistic understanding based upon five learning outcomes, scaffolded strategically throughout the major curriculum.

     

    Major Requirements

    Two semesters of piano (4 credits):

    Choose any combination of the following.

    Six semesters of performance studies/lessons (minimum 12 credits):

    These credits are in addition to the piano requirement above.

    • MUS 3500-3730 (2 credits each)
    • MUS 5500-5730 (4 credits each)

    Six semesters of large ensemble (0 credit):

    • MUS 3120-3160 (may be taken for 0 or 1 credit)

    Two semesters of small ensemble/chamber music (0 credit):

    • (may be taken for 0 or 1 credit)

    Music history and theory (20 credits):

    Elective courses for breadth and depth (12 credits):

    Students must take 12 credits of elective course work for breadth and depth chosen in consultation with their Music major advisor. These courses may be chosen from those offered within the Music department, or from other areas of study. The department suggests, but does not require, consideration of the following pathways to complete this elective requirement:

    • Pathway 1 - Applied Studies
    • Pathway 2 - Composition
    • Pathway 3 - Recording, Film, and Video

    Senior capstone experience (4 credits):