Majors, Minors, and Requirements

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Becoming a Major in Music:

Students intending to major in music are required to pass an audition on their principal instrument. This audition will take place during their semester jury/exam, which can be as early as their first semester of study, but is recommended to occur no later than mid-sophomore year. They must complete a Declaration of Major form which includes: an outline of their proposed course of study, an essay which details why they wish to major in music, and consultation with their academic advisor.
 

Sophomore-Year Review

Music majors are required to undergo a sophomore-year review. This review includes assessment of all previous juries (at least three semesters of study on their principal instrument), and an interview with full-time music faculty, which will take place in January of the student’s sophomore year. This review helps assess academic and artistic progress, and helps focus direction for the remainder of their undergraduate studies in music.

Requirements for a Major in Music:

A total of fifty-six (56) credits as follows:

  1. Three Music Theory Courses (12 credits)
    Music 204, 205, 206.
  2. Three Music History & Literature courses (12 credits)
    1. Music 227 and Music 228.
    2. One F9 elective from Music 117, 118, 119, or selected 105 sections.
  3. Two 4-credit Music electives, not including Music 101. (8 credits) Courses from Music 160-199 do not fulfill this requirement.
  4. Performance (16 credits)
    1. Music 160-178. (8 credits on their principal instrument: 1 credit per semester for 8 semesters)
    2. Music 190-194. (8 credits in departmentally approved ensembles)
    3. Music 100. (0 credit: departmental convocation and concert attendance, every semester after the major is declared, a minimum of 4 semesters)
      Note: A limited number of small ensemble credits (Music 195-198) may be substituted for large ensemble credits with departmental approval.
  5. Senior Experience (8 credits)
    Music 414, 415, 485, 486.

Once declared, Music majors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to eight (8) credits of their principal applied instrument. Music majors taking more than eight (8) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the major will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

Requirements for a Minor in Music:

A total of twenty-eight (28) credits as follows:

  1. Two of the following Music Theory courses (8 credits) as determined by placement:
    1. Music 103 and 204, or
    2. Music 204 and 205, or
    3. Music 205 and 206
  2. One of the Music History and Literature survey courses (4 credits): Music 227 or 228.
  3. Performance (8 credits):
    1. Music 160-178. (4 credits)
    2. Music 190-194. (4 credits) Departmentally approved ensembles. A limited number of small ensemble credits (Music 195-198) may be substituted for large ensemble credits with departmental approval.
    3. Music 100. (0 credit: departmental convocation and concert attendance, every semester after the minor is declared, a minimum of 4 semesters)
  4. Music electives:
    Two 4-credit music courses. (8 credits)

Note: Courses from Music 160-199 do not fulfill this requirement.
 

Once declared, Music minors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to four (4) credits of their principal applied instrument. Music minors taking more than four (4) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the minor will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

Honors in Music

  1. Fulfillment of the requirements for a major in music.
  2. Intensive work in at least one of the following areas: music history, music theory, performance, conducting, or composition.
  3. A substantial in-depth thesis or creative project in one or more of the areas studied.