• Musical Arts Major


    Students in the Musical Arts Major develop strong musicianship and communication skills, engage in teamwork, practice leadership and explore their creativity. They pursue careers in performance, teaching, music therapy, film/video, music business, production and recording arts, arts management, as well as many other music and non-music professions.

     

    Major Requirements

    • Six semesters of performance studies (lessons), 3000 and/or 5000 level
    • Six semesters of ensemble participation
    • Eight credits of music history courses, 3000 level (*see list below)
    • Eight credits of music theory courses, 3000 and/or 5000 level (**see list below)
    • One 4-credit elective in music
    • Senior Musical Arts Project (***see information below)

    *Music History Courses at the 3000-level:

    8 credits required.

    Note: MUS 1030 - Music in World Cultures and Special Topics courses may be credited toward the Music History requirement upon petition of the music department faculty.

    **Music Theory Courses at the 3000- or 5000-level:

    8 credits required.

    Note: No more than 4 credits of Composition may be credited toward the Theory requirement.

    ***Senior Musical Arts Project

    The Senior Musical Arts Project is a creative, interdisciplinary capstone experience. Students combine their musical expertise with other areas of study to develop a project in consultation with a music adviser. A written proposal must be submitted to the music faculty prior to senior year. Examples of recent projects include: a lecture-recital on French music from the late 18th century; research into philosophy and music aesthetics which resulted in an interactive presentation of a "deep listening" experience; exploration of the phenomenon of synesthesia by a visual artist/music/religion major; and a business plan for a community music school.