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Music Major & Minor

The Department of Music will implement a new curriculum this Fall 2021, which is meant to welcome students with a variety of interests and backgrounds. This curriculum redesign was motivated by three fundamental goals:

  1. removing hidden barriers, performance and theory prerequisites, and non-credit bearing classes
  2. implementing a curriculum that invites students from all musical backgrounds into the department
  3. providing sufficient curricular flexibility so that a wide variety of student goals and interests can be served.

Students who enter the music major or minor already capable of reading music notation and singing or playing an instrument will continue to have meaningful pathways for developing those skills in our new model. Additionally, students interested in composition will continue to have relevant courses and opportunities to develop their skills. The exciting change is that students who are interested in music production, music technology, song writing, music business, music criticism, music scholarship, or music journalism will now be able to assemble a series of MUS courses that serve their educational goals. **Note that students already enrolled in the pre-fall 2021 curriculum can continue to follow those pathways. Please contact the chair with any questions.

Music
Major

The Music Major

Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each course comprising the major or minor.

12 units, including:

  • Theory/Composition

    • MUS-110Tonal Harmony I: Common Practice Period or MUS 111 Analysis and Composition of Popular Music

    • MUS 200-level or above theory course or MUS 306 Introduction to Composition

  • Musicology, two units chosen from:

  • Performance

    • Applied music, one unit chosen from: 

    • One unit of music ensemble (MSEN) or MUS 202 Global Rhythms

  • Five units of music electives, of which up to one unit may be MSAP

  • Capstone

  No more than two units of transfer work may apply to the major.

Minor

The Music Minor

Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each course comprising the major or minor.

Six, including

  • Performance

    • .5 unit of applied music, chosen from:

    • .5 unit of music ensemble (MSEN) or MUS 202 Global Rhythms

  • Theory/Composition

    • MUS-110 Tonal Harmony I: Common Practice Period or MUS 111 Analysis and Composition of Popular Music

    • One additional unit in theory/composition

  • Musicology

    • One unit, chosen from:

    • One additional unit in musicology

  • One elective in music

No more than one unit of transfer work may apply to the minor.