A student choosing to major in music can develop a course of study intended to cultivate specific musical interests and abilities. Areas of focus include performance or composition in classical, jazz, or electronic music genres; western music history; music theory and analysis; and ethnomusicology. Advisers in each field may suggest the best academic plan for the student. To fulfill requirements in a desired focus, it is suggested that students take no fewer than six 200/300 level theory and history courses by the time of graduation. Additional requirements may include regular enrollment in one or more of the performance workshops, private lessons, composition workshops, or ensembles that are offered each semester. By time of moderation, a student should ideally have completed half of their suggested course requirements.
Students’ Moderation and Senior Projects should ideally reflect their expressed musical interests and goals, whether they are based in performance, composition, research, analysis, or some combination of these. The Moderation Project for a student focused on composition or performance usually consists of a 25-40 minute recital, highlighting original work and/or other repertoire. For students interested in music scholarship or analysis, a substantial music history or theory paper serves as an appropriate moderation project.
A Senior Project in music can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Performers and composers usually present two concerts from 30 to 60 minutes each. For some composers, one concert can be replaced by an orchestra work written for performance by the American Symphony Orchestra. In certain circumstances, a finished, sophisticatedly produced recording or multimedia project serves in place of a live performance. Music History and Theory students typically present an advanced, scholarly research or analytic paper as the main component of a Senior Project.
Single major with a concentration - Students moderate in both a program and a concentration, complete the course requirements for both, and complete one Senior Project that combines the interdisciplinary theories and methods of both the program and the concentration.
It is expected that half of these requirements will be completed by the time of Moderation. For a Moderation Project, students must give a concert of about 25-40 minutes of their own music and/or other composers’ music.
Each student is required to take four-credits in each of the nine categories listed below. No more than two requirements may be fulfilled within a single disciplinary program. Non-native speakers of English may be exempted from the Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture requirement. A course may be cross-listed in different programs, but can fulfill only one of the nine distribution areas.All students must fulfill a “Rethinking Difference” requirement. The requirement may be satisfied by any course that is primarily focused on the study of difference in the context of larger social dynamics. The course may address, but is not limited to addressing, differences of race, religion, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexuality. It may consider, but is not limited to considering, the contexts of globalization, nationalism, and social justice. A single course may simultaneously fulfill both the “Rethinking Difference” requirement and one of the distribution requirements below.