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Requirements for the Major in Music

Number of Units
Eleven units are required in addition to the prerequisite. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or an AP score of 4 or 5.
MUSC 130, 135, and 235 Music Theory Sequence
MUSC 150 and 155 Music History Sequence
MUSC 148 Music of World Cultures
MUSC 490 Senior Seminar

Electives
Four elective courses in the student's focus area (see "About Focus Area" for more information) selected from:
Ensembles (at least one of the four electives must be an ensemble; see "About Music Ensembles" for more information)
Applied Music (see "About Applied Music" for more information)
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 161, 162, or 163 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz Explorations
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar

Additional Expectations
In order to successfully complete the Music Major, students must also pass a comprehensive integrative exam, administered as part of the Senior Seminar, and demonstrate basic keyboard proficiency (taking applied piano instruction where necessary in order to meet the proficiency requirements). With few exceptions, transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may not count towards the Major. Majors who plan advanced music studies in graduate school or who aspire to professional careers are strongly encouraged to complete their senior individualized project in the department. Majors are also encouraged to participate in an ensemble beyond their one required unit, and to study applied music in each quarter of residency. With few exceptions, a full unit of applied music credited toward the Major must be achieved by the study in the same instrument. Musical performances on campus should be attended by Music Majors, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.

About Focus Areas
Music Majors and Minors, in consultation with their advisors, are encouraged to choose electives that combine to form a focused approach to a musical sub-discipline, such as - but certainly not limited to - Education, Performance, Jazz, Musicology, or Composition/Theory. Where appropriate, taking cognates in other fields (Business courses for those interested in arts administration or Psychology courses for those interested in Education or Music Therapy, for example) can strengthen the experience of the Music Major.

In addition, Majors may consider incorporating three optional programs available to all students at the College into their own musical K Plan:

  1. The Career and Professional Development Cooperative Education & Internship Program.
  2. Study Abroad. With sufficient advance consultation with music faculty and the CIP office, it is possible to create opportunities to continue music during study abroad.
  3. New York Arts Program. This program offers an opportunity for exceptionally qualified sophomore and junior student artists to live in New York City and work as interns with professional artists. The application process begins in late spring quarter for internships the following winter quarter. Information is available from campus faculty representative Andrew Koehler.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

Number of Units
A minimum of six units in addition to the prerequisite are required for the minor in music. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or an AP score of 4 or 5.

At least one unit from MUSC 130, 135, or 235 Music Theory Sequence
At least one unit from MUSC 148 World Music, MUSC 150, or 155 Music History Sequence

Electives
Four elective courses in the student's focus area (See "About Focus Area" above for more information) selected from additional courses in the required list and/or:
Ensembles (See "About Music Ensembles" for more information)
Applied Music (See "About Applied Music" for more information)
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 161, 162, or 163 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz Explorations
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar

Additional Expectations
With few exceptions, transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may not count toward the Minor, and each full unit of applied music credited toward the Minor must be achieved by study in the same instrument. Music Minors are encouraged to participate in an ensemble and to study applied music in each quarter of residency. Musical performances on campus should be attended by Music Minors, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.