2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    Mar 26, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Musical Arts Major

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Students in the Musical Arts Major develop strong musicianship and communication skills, engage in teamwork, practice leadership and explore their creativity. They pursue careers in performance, teaching, music therapy, film/video, music business, production and recording arts, arts management, as well as many other music and non-music professions.


Major Requirements

  • Six semesters of performance studies (lessons), 3000 and/or 5000 level
  • Six semesters of ensemble participation
  • Eight credits of music history courses, 3000 level (*see list below)
  • Eight credits of music theory courses, 3000 and/or 5000 level (**see list below)
  • One 4-credit elective in music
  • Senior Musical Arts Project (***see information below)

*Music History Courses at the 3000-level:

8 credits required.

Note: MUS 1030 - Music in World Cultures and Special Topics courses may be credited toward the Music History requirement upon petition of the music department faculty.

***Senior Musical Arts Project

The Senior Musical Arts Project is a creative, interdisciplinary capstone experience. Students combine their musical expertise with other areas of study to develop a project in consultation with a music adviser. A written proposal must be submitted to the music faculty prior to senior year. Examples of recent projects include: a lecture-recital on French music from the late 18th century; research into philosophy and music aesthetics which resulted in an interactive presentation of a “deep listening” experience; exploration of the phenomenon of synesthesia by a visual artist/music/religion major; and a business plan for a community music school.

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