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Overview

The Department of Music transforms students into scholar-performers who think critically and creatively and are prepared for diverse careers.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Develop your skills in the classroom and rehearsal studio.
  • Attend or participate in dozens of professional-level musical performances every school year.
  • Succeed in today's musical environment by building a foundation in performance and ensemble skills.     
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of music theory and history.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Music Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

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Music Major (35 credits)

Theory Core (7 credits)

Complete the following (4 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-101Introduction to Music Theory and Sound Studies3 credits
MUS-101LAural Skills1 credits

and complete ONE of the following three courses (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-200Diatonic Harmony through Counterpoint3 credits
MUS-201Seminar in Chromatic Harmony3 credits
MUS-20220th-Century Styles3 credits

History Core (6 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-311Music History I3 credits
MUS-312Music History II3 credits

Diverse Voices (3 credits)

Take ONE of the following four courses. Once this requirement is met, additional courses from this area may count towards the Music Electives if 200-level or higher.

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-112Introduction to World Music3 credits
MUS-113Music of Love, Death and All the Rest3 credits
MUS-208Music, Gender, and Sexuality3 credits
MUS-213History of Popular Music: Rebellion, Bling, and Authenticity

Music Electives (6 credits)

Take 6 credits of 200 level or higher in MUS.

Capstone Sequence (4 credits)

Take the following two courses:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
IND-215Professional Development in Visual and Performing Arts1 credits
MUS-498Music Capstone

Performance Skills (9 credits)

Applied Lessons (3 credits of MUSAP courses: 6 semesters) 

Ensembles (6 credits of MUS-120–MUS-129: 6 semesters)

MUS-001 (0 credit: 4 semesters)

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Music Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

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15-16 credits

Minor Requirements

Complete one of the following Literature Foundations:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-111Introduction to Music Literature3 credits
MUS-311Music History I3 credits
MUS-312Music History II3 credits

Complete one of the following Theory Foundations Courses (2-3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-100Music Fundamentals2 credits
MUS-101Introduction to Music Theory and Sound Studies3 credits

MUS-100: recommended for those with little or no music reading skills

MUS-101: recommended for fluent readers of music

Complete one of the following Diverse Voices courses:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-112Introduction to World Music3 credits
MUS-113Music of Love, Death and All the Rest3 credits
MUS-208Music, Gender, and Sexuality3 credits
MUS-213History of Popular Music: Rebellion, Bling, and Authenticity

Complete 6 elective credits in music courses.

 

3 credits performance-based classes (applied lessons (MUSAP) or ensembles (MUS-121 through MUS-129). 
3 credits other MUS courses (not applied lesson or ensemble).

***A maximum of 3 performance classes (lessons and ensembles combined) will be counted towards the minor.

Concert/Recital Attendance

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MUS-001Concert/Recital Attendance

Two semesters of MUS-001 are required.

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