Majors & Minors

Requirements for the Major in Music

To complete the major in Music, a student must complete a total of 33 credits, which include the following:

Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship, MUS 70 (3 credits) Harmony I, II, III, MUS 100H, 200H, 201H (9 credits)
Musicianship, I, II, III, MUS 100M, 200M, 201M (3 credits)
Instrumentation, MUS 300 (2 credits)
Class Piano for Majors, MUS 110. This class must be taken concurrently with MUS 100H and 100M. A student may be exempt from MUS 110 through testing. (1 credit)
Introduction to Music Technology, MUS 111 (2 credits)
Music History I, II, MUS 203 and MUS 204 (6 credits)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology, MUS 303 (2 credits)
Conducting, MUS 305 (3 credits)
Private Instruction, MUS 198; minimum four semesters (0 credits)
Ensembles (chamber or choral; minimum five semesters (0 credits)
Capstone Experience, MUS 400 (2 credits)

Additional Elective Requirements (at least 9 credits):
Music Business, MUS 104 (2 credits)
World Percussion Methods, MUS 105 (2 credits)
History of Film Music, MUS 206 (JanTerm, Fall/Spring: 3 credits)
Music Technology II, MUS 211 (2 credits)
Recording Techniques, MUS 310 (2 credits)
Current Topics in Music, MUS 390/490 (variable credits)

Proficiencies
All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination before graduation. Music majors are expected to demonstrate basic keyboard skills by the end of the first academic year in the department. Students expecting to major in music will be examined for keyboard skills upon entry into the music major. If the audition is not passed, the student is expected to enroll in Class Piano for Majors (MUS 110) or in private piano instruction until the proficiency examination is completed.

Proficiency Requirements

  • Prepare a memorized composition of the intermediate level using the damper pedal. Play all major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves, hands together.
  • Prepare a memorized composition of the intermediate level using the damper pedal.
  • Accompany an instrumentalist or vocalist; appropriate assignments based on level and technique will be distributed in class.
  • Prepare a harmonization of a simple folk tune.
  • Read a piece of the late elementary level at sight.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

To complete the minor in Music, a student must complete a total of 18 credits, which include the following:

Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship, MUS 70 (3 credits)
Harmony I, MUS 100H (3 credits)
Musicianship I, MUS 100M (1 credit)
Music History I, II, MUS 203 and 204 (6 credits)
Introduction to Music Technology, MUS 111 (2 credits)
Ensembles, Chamber or Choral (2 credits)
Private Instruction, MUS 198 (1 credit).

Music minors are expected to participate in departmental activities and to attend music department performances. A minor must be declared upon enrolling in Music History.