• Music Major (BA)


    The Music Major at Hamline University provides students with a diverse skill set for forward-looking musical careers. The major is brimming with performance opportunities, explorations of musical cultures, history and analysis, and skill-building experiences in contemporary digital music production. Twelve elective credits give students the freedom to develop their particular interests and advance toward vocational goals--see our suggested "pathways."  The Senior Project engages students in intensive creative work of their own choosing, for example, producing an EP of original songs, scoring film clips, presenting a lecture-recital, composing an underscore for a play or podcast, or creating a business plan for a teaching studio. High-impact internships and professional mentors in the Twin Cities' robust music scene further enrich the Music Major experience.

     

    Major Requirements

    Materials of Music

    Piano Skills, 2 semesters (any combination of the following):

    Music Theory:

    Performance Studies and Ensembles

    Six semesters of performance studies/lessons:

    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:

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

    Two semesters of small ensemble/chamber music:

    • (may be taken for 0 or 1 credit)

    Music History and Culture

    European Tradition I, pre-1750 (choose one):

    European Tradition II, post-1750 (choose one):

    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 are chosen primarily from within the Music department, though courses from other areas of study may be approved by proposal to the department.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 (non-MUS courses accepted by proposal to Music Faculty)
    • Pathway 4 - Certificate in Music Production

    Senior Capstone Experience