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Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Music

Number of Units
Ten units are required in addition to the prerequisite. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or AP scores of 4 or 5.
MUSC 130 and 135 Music Theory Sequence
MUSC 150 and 155 Music History Sequence
MUSC 100 Program Music: Stories in Sound, MUSC 148 Music of World Cultures, MUSC 140 American Music, MUSC 165 Jazz Explorations, or MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC 490 Senior Seminar

Electives
Three elective courses in the student's focus area selected from:
Ensembles (at least one of the three electives must be an ensemble)
Applied Music
MUSC 100 Program Music: Stories in Sound
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 148 Music of World Cultures
MUSC 161, 162, 163 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz Explorations
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar
PSYC 285 Psychology of Music (strong background in Psychology is expected)

With few exceptions, transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may not count toward the major. Music majors must enroll in five quarters of Department of Music ensembles before graduation, and are encouraged to enroll in at least one ensemble each quarter of residency. They must also demonstrate keyboard proficiency, and complete a senior integrative examination or exercise. Majors who plan advanced music studies in graduate school or who aspire to professional careers are also strongly encouraged to complete their senior individualized project in the department. Although not explicitly required, most majors study applied music each quarter of residency. With few exceptions, each full unit of applied music credited toward the major must be achieved by the study in the same instrument.

Music Majors should seek the counsel of department faculty when planning to incorporate three optional programs available to all students at the College:

  1. The Career and Professional Development Cooperative Education & Internship Program. The Department Coordinator compiles a list of past CDs in music-related fields. Additional possibilities can be found in the CD Office and through consultation with individual faculty.
  2. Study Abroad. With sufficient advance consultation with music faculty and the CIP office, it is possible to create opportunities to continue music during study abroad. The Department Coordinator also has a large collection of informational brochures from music-oriented foreign study programs sponsored by other institutions.
  3. GLCA New York Arts Program. This program operates in conjunction with the Great Lakes Colleges Association staff and faculty in New York City and offers an opportunity for exceptionally qualified student artists to live and work as interns with professional artists. A wide variety of music-related internships are available and continuation of music performance study is also possible. The application process begins early Fall quarter for internships the following Winter quarter. Information is available from the Fine Arts Division Secretary or from campus faculty representative Andrew Koehler.

Cognate Fields: Majors interested in the field of Arts Management are encouraged to explore courses in the other arts and to acquire a background in Economics and Business Administration. Journalism courses are highly recommended. Likewise, majors interested in the fields of music education, music scholarship, music therapy, musical theater, church music, music criticism, etc. should consult with the music department and the appropriate cognate department.

Musical performances on campus should be attended by music majors, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

Students must also meet with a music department faculty member to discuss the planned focus area of the minor and draft an appropriate course plan.

Number of Units
A minimum of six units in addition to the prerequisite are required for the minor in music. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or AP score of 4 or 5.

At least three units, appropriate to the student's focus area, selected from the following courses. At least one of these units must be MUSC 130, 135, 140, 148, 150, 155, or 165:
MUSC 100 Program Music: Stories in Sound
MUSC 130, 135 Music Theory Sequence
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 148 Music of World Cultures
MUSC 150, 155 Music History Sequence
MUSC 161, 162, 163 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz Explorations
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar
MUSC 490 Senior Seminar
PSYC 285 Psychology of Music (strong background in Psychology is expected)

Remaining units of the minor may include applied and ensemble credits and should focus in a clearly defined area of concentration.

With few exceptions, transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may not count toward the minor, and each full unit of applied music credited toward the minor must be achieved by study in the same instrument.

Musical performances on campus should be attended by music minor, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.