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Music – Overview

  • Vineet Shende, Department Chair
  • Linda Marquis, Senior Department Coordinator

  • Professors: Robert K. Greenlee**, Mary Hunter, Cristle Collins Judd
  • Associate Professor: Vineet Shende
  • Assistant Professors: Michael Birenbaum Quintero†, Tracy McMullen
  • Senior Lecturer: Anthony F. Antolini
  • Lecturers: Frank Mauceri, John Morneau, Christopher Watkinson
  • Artist in Residence: George Lopez
  • Visiting Faculty: Michael Wingfield
  • Fellow: Susan M. Taffe Reed

Requirements for the Major in Music

The music major normally consists of ten academic courses and two performance credits. Most majors follow one of the tracks indicated in the “Sample Majors” listed below, but students are also invited to design a major to suit their own needs. No more than two introductory courses (numbered 1100–1999 {100–199}) in addition to Music 1101 {131}, 1401 {101}, and 2402 or 2403 {151 or 202} may be counted toward the major, and two advanced courses (numbered 3000–3969 {300–399}) in addition to Music 4040 {451} are normally required of all majors. Honors work normally adds one extra course to the standard ten, and its second semester counts as the senior independent study. Only one academic course for which the grade of CR (Credit) is earned may count toward the major.

The process for declaring the major is as follows: (1) The student consults with a member of the music faculty as early in the individual’s college career as possible. (2) Before declaring a major, the student proposes a list of courses that fulfill the major, or identifies a sample major to follow by submitting a list or sample major announcement to the music department chair or to another member of the department. (3) Upon departmental approval of the list of courses or the particular track, the major declaration is signed by the department chair. Subsequent alterations to this list of courses are possible only in consultation with the chair of the department or another member of the music faculty.

Sample Sequences of Courses for the Music Major

General Music Major

Music 1101 or 2101 {131 or 211}, 1401 {101}, 2401 {203}, 2402 or 2403 {151 or 202}, and 4040 {451}.

Four electives, including two intermediate courses (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}) and one advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}). One consecutive year of lessons on the same instrument; one consecutive year in the same ensemble. Honors in music adds one advanced independent study to this list.

Music and Culture

Music 1101 {131}; 1401 {101} or 2402 or 2403 {151 or 202}, 2101 {211}, a total of five electives: two or three from the music department (including at least one at the intermediate level (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}); and two or three relevant and sequential courses from another department, including at least one at the intermediate level (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}); an intermediate independent study (numbered 2970–2973 {291–294}) combining departmental and extra-departmental perspectives; one music course numbered 3100–3199 {355–358}, and Music 4040 {451}; and one full credit of a non-Western ensemble.

Composition and Theory

Music 1401 {101}, 2401 {203}, 2402 or 2403 {151 or 202}, 2501 {243}, 2551 or 2970 {218 or 291}, one course numbered 2300–2399 {250–259}, 3401 {301}, 3501 {361}, 4040 {451}, and one elective, plus the lessons and ensemble required for the general major, above.

European and American Music

Music 1101 {131}, 1401 {101}, 2401 {203}, 2402 or 2403 {151}, one course numbered 2300–2399 {250–259}, 3401 {301} one course numbered 3300–3399 {351–354}, two electives (including at least one at the intermediate level—numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}), 4040 {451}; plus the lessons and ensemble required for the general major, above.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

The minor in music consists of six credits (five academic courses and one consecutive year of lessons for credit or one year of participation in a single ensemble). The five academic courses include 1401 {101} and any four others including at least two intermediate courses (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}). Only one academic course for which the grade of CR (Credit) is earned may count toward the minor.

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