Majoring in Music: Requirements

Music Major Plan of Study

Music Majors take at least nine courses in the Department, in addition to the two prerequisite courses (MUS105-106/MUS205-206):

1) A second year of music theory, MUS 205 and MUS 206.

2) Four 200-level courses in music history or analysis.

3)   And three 300-level(+) electives, including the Junior Seminar.

If MUS205-206 was used as a prerequisite, Majors take two more electives. Music Majors in the Performance

Program may use MUS213, 214, 215, or 298/299 as one elective.

In the junior and senior years, Majors also complete Independent Work projects: two in the junior year, and a senior thesis.

The senior comprehensive exam, taken soon after Dean’s Date, is the final requirement.

Junior Seminar

In the fall of the Junior year, Music Majors participate in a Junior Seminar under the direction of the Departmental Representative.

The goal of the seminar is to introduce students to the academic study of music from a variety of perspectives (with particular emphasis on the specialties of Music Department faculty); to familiarize students with basic research and compositional skills; and to explore topics and repertoire not considered in their course work.  The final written project, the first Junior Paper, will be either a paper or composition.  Additional weekly assignments will also be required. 

Performance for Departmental Concentrators

We urge our students to take an active part in performing music. Music Majors can involve themselves in performance study by taking free vocal or instrumental lessons. It is recommended that prospective and current Majors without at least minimal keyboard skills study piano. Students can also gain exposure to performance by participating in one of the Departmental Ensembles