The Music program offers coursework focused on (1) music theory, analysis, and composition, (2) performance, (3) music history and repertory, and (4) music careers. By senior year music majors have (1) knowledge and experience of the theory and analysis of music, particularly but not exclusively the highly systematic genres of the West, (2) familiarity with representative styles and repertory of European music from the Middle Ages through the present and characteristics of American and non-Western music, (3) performance experience both on a primary instrument (or voice) and in ensembles in music of various styles, (4) educated tastes and opinions about a wide range of musical repertory that they can express fluently in both oral and written forms, and (5) skills specific to a variety of careers in music-related industries.
Students preparing for careers in the music industry should complete the Business Administration Minor; those preparing for graduate work in music therapy should complete the Psychology Minor (including Abnormal Psych and Developmental Psych). Other students should complete a minor that complements their interest in music (e.g. Anthropology for research in ethnomusicology, Creative Writing for songwriting, Theatre for musical theatre performance, etc.)
The Fine Arts Department offers students the opportunity for private study for credit with a local teacher on a variety of musical instruments or in voice. The additional fee for private study under this program is partially subsidized for music majors and minors. For more information on precise fees and qualification for the subsidy please contact the Registrar’s office. Registration is done in person at the registrar’s office after the student secures an instructor during the regular registration period in the semester before the lessons take place.
The Fine Arts Department maintains spaces dedicated to classroom teaching, individual practice, group rehearsal, and performance in music. In addition, the department sponsors the Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, String Orchestra, and West African Drummers. All of these groups perform on and off campus.
Students transferring into Music from other majors after the sophomore year must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and permission of the department chair. Music majors are encouraged to explore double majors or major-minor combinations. Scholarship opportunities are available to incoming and returning students through the Fairbanks-Paulin and McCarthy Scholarship programs.