The Department of Music offers both a major and minor in music. The music major is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music.
The Music Major
Music majors choose to specialize in performance, music education, music history and culture, or composition, and work with a faculty advisor to complete a senior capstone project tailored to their individual interests. Each area of specialization includes the same core curriculum, which includes four courses in musicianship, four in music history and culture, and six semesters of applied study in the student’s primary instrument/area.
The Music Minor
The minor in music is a great option for students who are passionate about music, want to grow musically, and want to stay involved in making music, but choose to major in another field. It offers a good deal of flexibility that pairs well with other majors such as Education, Theatre, English, Business, Psychology, Biology, Political Science, or even Pre-Nursing. The core curriculum for minors includes 2 courses in musicianship, 2 courses in music history and culture, and four semesters of applied study in the student’s primary instrument/area.
Our program aims to both broaden and deepen the understanding and appreciation of music as reflected in our student learning outcomes below.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Develop musicianship skills that will serve to instill a lifelong appreciation of music. Students will
- Create (perform, compose, improvise);
- Perceive (listen and internalize);
- Conceptualize (think, understand, analyze);
- Collaborate (chamber music, large ensembles, peer learning).
- Investigate the role and significance of music in history and explore its intersection with other cultures and disciplines from a variety of perspectives. Students will
- Identify/describe styles and periods of western music and music cultures of the world within cultural, political, and socio-economic contexts;
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through written and oral presentations;
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of significant musical accomplishments and contributions of diverse/marginalized groups.
- With faculty guidance, complete a capstone project tailored appropriately to the student’s area/s of interest and specialization. Capstones may include
- A written thesis or significant research project and presentation;
- A senior recital demonstrating competency in performing a broad range of styles;
- A lecture-recital that combines elements of research, written thesis, and/or performance;
- A composition portfolio presented publicly;
- An interdisciplinary project.