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Music Major Requirements

Music Performance Major

(audition required) 

  • MUSI 167 Comprehensive Musicianship 1 
  • MUSI 168 Comprehensive Musicianship 2 
  • MUSI 267 Comprehensive Musicianship 3 
  • MUSI 268 Comprehensive Musicianship 4 
  • MUSI 367 Comprehensive Musicianship 5 
  • MUSI 368 Comprehensive Musicianship 6 
  • MUSI 381 Introduction to Conducting 
  • MUSI 382 Advanced Choral Conducting or MUSI 383 Advanced Instrumental Conducting 
  • Eight semesters of applied music on primary instrument (two credits each) or seven semesters of applied music and MUSI 420 Merit Recital (4 credits)

Composition emphasis:

Seven semesters of applied music and MUSI 105 Introduction to Composition or six semesters of applied music and MUSI 105 and MUSI 420 Merit Recital (4 credits)

Special requirements for piano performance majors: 

  • MUSI 321 Piano Pedagogy 1
  • MUSI 329 Piano Literature
  • At least six principal ensemble courses. 
  • One ensemble course each in: MUSI 019 Accompanying and MUSI 029 Piano Ensemble 

Special requirements for instrumental performance majors: 

  • MUSI 384 Orchestration
One of the following:
  • MUSI 362 Woodwind Methods
  • MUSI 363 String Methods
  • MUSI 365 Brass Methods
  • MUSI 366 Percussion Methods
  • Eight principal ensemble courses on primary instrument 

Special requirements for vocal performance majors: 

  • MUSI 246 Vocal Diction
  • MUSI 345 Vocal Literature
  • MUSI 349 Vocal Pedagogy
  • Two semesters of MUSI 016 Opera Workshop
  • Eight principal ensemble courses on primary instrument
  • Second language competency (102 level or above) in French or German 

Special requirements for composition majors:

Four semesters of applied lessons on a single secondary instrument: voice, piano or other instrument.

Composition students studying voice as a secondary instrument also take:

  • MUSI 246 Vocal Diction
  • MUSI 349 Vocal Pedagogy

Composition students studying piano as a secondary instrument also take:

  • MUSI 321 Piano Pedagogy 1
  • MUSI 329 Piano Literature

Composition students studying any other instrument must choose one methods course from the following list (excluding the section that includes their secondary instrument):

  • MUSI 362 Woodwind Methods
  • MUSI 363 String Methods
  • MUSI 365 Brass Methods
  • MUSI 366 Percussion Methods
Music Education Major
  • MUSI 150 Survey of World Musics
  • MUSI 167 Comprehensive Musicianship 1
  • MUSI 168 Comprehensive Musicianship 2
  • MUSI 267 Comprehensive Musicianship 3
  • MUSI 268 Comprehensive Musicianship 4
  • MUSI 367 Comprehensive Musicianship 5
  • MUSI 368 Comprehensive Musicianship 6
  • MUSI 381 Introduction to Conducting
  • Six principal ensemble courses on primary instrument
  • Six semesters of applied music on primary instrument
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 250 Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 317 General Music in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 318 General Music in the Secondary School
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities
Additional requirements for certification:

General/Choral majors
  • MUSI 246 Vocal Diction
  • MUSI 349 Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUSI 382 Advanced Choral Conducting
  • EDUC 315 Choral Music Methods for Junior and Senior High School
  • EDUC 469 Student Teaching: General Music
  • EDUC 470 Student Teaching: Choral Music
Instrumental majors
  • MUSI 051 Voice
  • MUSI 102 Group Voice or two principal choral ensemble courses
  • MUSI 362 Woodwind Methods
  • MUSI 363 String Methods
  • MUSI 365 Brass Methods
  • MUSI 366 Percussion Methods
  • MUSI 383 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • EDUC 316 Instrumental Music in the Schools
  • EDUC 469 Student Teaching: General Music
  • EDUC 475 Student Teaching: Instrumental Music
Music Liberal Arts Major

(44 credits)
  • MUSI 167 Comprehensive Musicianship 1
  • MUSI 168 Comprehensive Musicianship 2
  • MUSI 267 Comprehensive Musicianship 3
  • MUSI 268 Comprehensive Musicianship 4
  • MUSI 367 Comprehensive Musicianship 5
  • MUSI 368 Comprehensive Musicianship 6
  • MUSI 381 Introduction to Conducting
  • Six principal ensemble courses on primary instrument (1 credit each)
  • Four semesters of applied music on primary instrument (2 credits each) 
One of the following:
  • MUSI 150 Survey of World Musics
  • MUSI 176 Music Appreciation
  • MUSI/AMER 184 History of American Popular Music
  • MUSI 315 Introduction to Opera
  • MUSI / AMER 318 Evolution of Jazz
  • MUSI / PHIL 336 Philosophy of Music
  • HUMA 100 Introduction to Humanities through the Fine Arts