Music 

Vineet Shende, Department Chair
Linda Marquis, Senior Department Coordinator

Professors: Robert K. Greenlee, Mary Hunter†
Associate Professor: Vineet Shende
Assistant Professors: Tracy McMullen, Marceline Saibou
Senior Lecturer: Frank Mauceri†
Lecturers: Anthony F. Antolini, Jeffrey Christmas, Eric LaPerna, Amos Libby, John Morneau, Christopher Watkinson
Artist in Residence: George Lopez
Visiting Faculty: Jordan Benissan, Christy Thomas

Requirements for the Major in Music

The music major consists of eleven credits that include courses from three areas: social and historical context (x1xx–x3xx), theory and composition (x4xx–x5xx), and performance (x6xx–x8xx). Majors can choose either to pursue a broader curriculum with some balance among these areas or to concentrate in one of them, as indicated in the specific courses listed below. All majors are also required in their final semester to take an independent study that includes a seminar component. Honors work normally adds one extra course credit, and its second semester counts as the senior independent study. Only one academic course in which the grade of CR (Credit) is received may count toward the major, and only grades of C- or higher count toward the major.

General Concentration

Required courses:

  • social and historical context: at least three credits
    • Music 1101 or 2101
    • two elective courses (x1xx–x3xx)
  • theory and composition: at least three credits
    • Music 1401
    • two elective courses (x4xx–x5xx)
  • performance: at least two credits
    • two consecutive semesters in a single ensemble (27xx)
    • two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)
  • two additional classroom electives from any area (x1xx–x6xx)
  • Music 4040, Senior Project
  • At least four elective courses must be at the 2000 level or above; at least one of these must be at the 3000 level.

Music in Social and Historical Context Concentration

Required courses:

  • social and historical context: seven credits
    • Music 1101
    • Music 2101
    • five elective courses (x1xx–x3xx)
  • Three of these electives must be at the 2000 level or above, and at least one must be at the 3000 level. With departmental approval, two of these electives may be in a related field outside the music department.
  • theory and composition: two credits
    • Music 1051 or 1401
    • one elective course (x4xx–x5xx)
  • performance: one credit, either
    • two consecutive semesters in a single ensemble (27xx); or
    • two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)
  • Music 4040, Senior Project

Theory and Composition Concentration

Required courses:

  • social and historical context: two credits
    • Music 1101 or 2101
    • one elective at the 2000 level or above (x1xx–x3xx)
  • theory and composition: seven credits
    • Music 1401
    • Music 2403
    • Music 2501
    • one of Music 1451 or 2551
    • one of Music 2401 or 2602
    • one advanced elective course (34xx–35xx)
  • performance: two credits
    • two consecutive semesters in a single ensemble (27xx)
    • two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)
  • Music 4040, Senior Project

Performance Concentration

Required courses:

  • social and historical context: at least one credit
    • one elective course relevant to student’s area of performance
  • theory and composition: at least two credits
    • Music 1401
    • Music 2401 or 2403
  • performance: six credits
    • Music 2601 or 2603
    • Music 2602
    • two consecutive semesters in a non-notation-centered ensemble (2701–2712)
    • two consecutive semesters in a notation-centered ensemble (2721–2752)
    • two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)
    • Music 3805
  • one additional intermediate or higher classroom elective from any area (21xx–36xx)
  • Music 4040, Senior Project

Requirements for the Minor in Music

The music minor consists of five credits that include both classroom-based and performance-based courses. Minors can choose either to pursue a broader curriculum or to minor in performance, as indicated below. Only one academic course in which the grade of CR (Credit) is received may count toward the minor, and only grades of C- or higher count toward the minor.

General Music Minor

Required courses:

  • one course x1xx–x3xx
  • one course x4xx–x5xx
  • two other classroom electives (x1xx–x6xx)
    • At least two of the courses that fulfill the requirement above must be at the intermediate (21xx–26xx) level or higher.
  • either two consecutive semesters in a single ensemble (27xx), or two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)

Music Performance Minor

Required courses:

  • Music 1401 or 2403
  • one other classroom elective (x1xx–x6xx)
  • two consecutive semesters in a single ensemble (27xx)
  • two consecutive semesters in intermediate individual performance studies (28xx)
  • Music 3805

Music Ensembles

Ensembles (27xx) may be repeated for credit. The first semester of participation in an ensemble is designated with an odd number; the second and all subsequent semesters are designated with the even number immediately following. Ensembles meet regularly for a minimum of three hours weekly, inclusive of time without the ensemble director. Students may participate on a non-credit basis in some large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles upon instructor or departmental approval only. Members of ensembles must attend rehearsals regularly and participate in all dress rehearsals and performances. Two consecutive semesters of participation in an auditioned ensemble for credit fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) distribution requirement. Returning students need not normally audition again. All ensembles count for one-half credit per semester and are graded on a Credit/D/Fail basis. Up to six credits of ensemble and individual performance courses together may be taken for graduation credit.

  • Auditioned Ensembles (count toward VPA)
    • Music 2711–2712 Jazz Combos
    • Music 2721–2722 Chamber Ensembles
    • Music 2731–2732 Orchestra
    • Music 2741–2742 Chamber Choir
    • Music 2745–2746 Chorus
  • Non-auditioned Ensembles
    • Music 2701–2702 West African Drumming Ensemble
    • Music 2705–2706 Middle Eastern Ensemble
    • Music 2751–2752 Concert Band

Individual Performance Studies

The following provisions govern applied music lessons for credit:

  1. Any student may take introductory-level performance studies (18xx) for credit. Students may take intermediate-level performance studies (28xx) either through audition or after two semesters of study at the introductory level. The second semester of intermediate-level individual performance courses may be repeated for credit. Only intermediate-level or higher performance studies courses count toward the major or minor.
  2. Students and instructors meet weekly for hour-long lessons; exact meeting times are determined based on the students’ and instructors’ schedules.
  3. Add/drop dates for lessons are earlier than add/drop dates for other courses. The deadline to add lessons is one week from the start of classes, and the deadline to drop lessons is two weeks from the start of classes.
  4. With the exception of Advanced Individual Performance Studies (38xx), all individual performance courses count for one-half credit per semester and are graded on a Credit/D/Fail basis. Students must take at least two consecutive semesters of study on the same instrument and must also complete an academic course in music (which may include Advanced Individual Performance Studies) within the first year-and-a-half of study, or by graduation (whichever comes first) to receive one-half credit per semester and to receive the reduced rate or be eligible for a scholarship. Advanced Individual Performance Studies (38xx) count for a full credit and are graded with a letter grade.
  5. Beginning with the second semester of intermediate-level lessons (28xx), students must attend and perform in an end-of-semester department recital.
  6. Up to six credits of ensemble and intermediate-level individual performance courses together may be taken for graduation credit. (Note: Advanced Individual Performance Studies (38xx) count for academic credit and are thus not included in this limitation.)
  7. Students taking lessons for credit pay a fee of $560 for twelve one-hour lessons per semester. Junior and senior music majors and minors may take two half-credits free of charge. Scholarships are available for students on financial aid, and students interested in applying for them should contact Linda Marquis by Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Instructors for 2017–2018

Flute: Jean Rosenblum
Oboe: Kathleen McNerney
Clarinet: Titus Abbott
Bassoon: David Joseph
Horn: John Boden
Trumpet: Mark Tipton
Trombone: Anita Jerosch
Tuba: Scott Vaillancourt
Harp: Virginia Flanagan
Violin: Dean Stein, Yasmin Vitalius
Viola: Kirsten Monke
Cello: Christina Chute
Bass: Duane Edwards
Classical Guitar: John Johnstone
Piano: Naydene Bowder, George Lopez, Joyce Moulton
Organ: Ray Cornils
Voice: Christina Astrachan, Jeff Christmas, Elizabeth Printy
Pop/Jazz Voice: Jeff Christmas, Taylor O’Donnell
Saxophone: Tim O’Dell
Blues/Jazz Guitar: Gary Witner
Jazz Piano: Matthew Fogg
Jazz Bass: Duane Edwards
Drums: R.J. Miller

Please see the Course Guide or Polaris for additional provisions and information on ensemble and individual performance courses.

Additional Information

  • With departmental approval, students may count up to two courses taken at another college or university toward the major, and one such course toward the minor.
  • Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB): Students who received a minimum score of four on the Music Theory AP exam or an IB Music Theory score of six or higher should take the music theory placement exam. Placement in Music 2403 results in one credit that is the equivalent of Music 1401. If a student earns a grade of C- or higher in Music 2403, this credit can count toward the major. Placement into Music 1401 or Music 1051 results in no credit. In order to receive credit for advanced placement work, students must have their scores officially reported to the Office of the Registrar by the end of their sophomore year at Bowdoin.
  • First-year seminars do not count toward the major or minor.

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