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Goals and requirements for majors and minors

Goals for majors and minors

In successfully completing a music major, a student will:

  • understand melodic and harmonic practice from the common practice period into the 21st Century;
  • understand the basic forms of music;
  • compose music in different compositional techniques and forms;
  • perform music in appropriate styles, demonstrating correct pedagogical techniques;
  • develop an appropriate knowledge of solo and ensemble literature for the applied emphasis;
  • demonstrate the ability to hear and sing music accurately;
  • acquire piano proficiency as recommended;
  • demonstrate the ability to write coherently about and discuss intelligently musical concepts and ideas;
  • improvise simple accompaniments and musical thematic materials;
  • use and understand basic music technology (hardware and software); and
  • develop an understanding of and appreciation for the accomplishments and contributions that women and individuals from diverse cultures have made to the art of music.

In addition to the basic requirements for the degree, music courses at the upper level will be determined in consultation with the full‐time music advisor and the student. Students will pursue advanced study in performance, composition, music theory, or music history and culture to prepare for the required completion of a senior capstone project. Music majors will be advised towards a choice of senior capstone project that meets their individual needs or interests, and will be required to complete one of the following:

  • write a thesis or complete a significant project on a topic approved by the music faculty.
  • demonstrate competency in performing a broad range of styles and perform a senior recital as a capstone experience.
  • develop compositional skills to include counterpoint and orchestration, and compose a substantive final project or write a significant theoretical paper in the area of music theory.

Requirements for majors and minors

The music major is available as a bachelor of arts degree only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 48 credits comprised of 210, 211, 310, 311, 233, and 320. In addition, two music history courses from 354, 356, or 357, and one music history course from 251, 253, or 355; seven credits over seven semesters of required ensemble participation; six credits over six semesters of required applied lessons; a senior capstone; and four elective credits in music. The senior capstone is a 3-credit unit comprised of 490 (3 credits), or 491 (1 credit) concurrent with 403 (2 credits), or 492 (1 credit) concurrent with 403 (2 credits). Pass the second-year proficiency exam and a major standing jury prior to final admission to the music major. Also recommended is a demonstration of keyboard proficiency by passing the keyboard skills sequence of courses with grade of C or better.

For a minor: 22 credits comprised of 210, 211, 233; one music history class selected from 251, 253 or 355 (354, 356, or 357 may be substituted, but only with permission of instructor); four credits over four semesters of required ensemble participation; and four credits over four semesters of applied lessons.