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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

The music major provides students with a diverse foundation of approaches to the academic study and imaginative creativity of the musical arts.  At its core is a set of six required units, designed to introduce students to the broad approaches undertaken in the various fields of musical inquiry, including history and theory, cultural and critical studies, creativity and performance.  A set of six additional elective units allows individual students to follow a path of study that aligns with their musical aspirations and goals.  Beyond these 12 required units, all majors will enroll in a Capstone Seminar prior to undertaking a cumulative capstone project that will be completed in their senior year:

Core Course Requirements:

- 1 unit of Music in Culture, such as the following:

     - MU291: Music in Culture: Native American Southwest

     - MU293: Music in Culture: Asia

     - MU295: Music in Culture: Indonesia

- 1 unit of Western Music History, such as the following:

     - MU285: Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras

     - MU286: Music of Romantic and Early-Modernist Eras

- 1 unit of Popular Music Studies, such as MU268: Popular Music Studies

- 1 unit of Tonal Harmony (MU251)

- 1 unit of Creativity, chosen from the following:

     - MU200: Music at the Computer

     - MU227: Digital Music Production and Representation

     - MU301: Composition

- 1 unit of Performance (studio lessons or ensemble participation)

Elective Course Requirements:

- 3 units freely chosen, with no more than 1 unit at the 100-level

- 2 units of 300-level seminars (advanced courses at the 300-level)

- 1 unit of a 200- or 300-level performance-oriented course

Capstone Seminar: MU435 to be taken in the junior year in preparation for senior capstone project.

All students will undertake a Senior Capstone Project in consultation with their major and secondary advisor.  The capstone project may take one of several forms, depending on the student’s interests and focus within the field of music. Students may conduct original research and write an extended thesis paper in ethnomusicology, music history, or music theory; they may choose the creative path of composing or arranging a large-scale piece of music, accompanied by an analytical/contextual paper; they may focus on music technology scholarship, creativity, or scientific experimentation, balancing research application and academic writing; or they may perform a public recital approximately 45 minutes in length, accompanied by an analytical/historical paper and program notes. Upon completion of the project, each student will deliver a 20-minute capstone presentation at the annual Department of Music Senior Colloquium.

During the academic year the department will sponsor a series of performances by faculty, student ensembles, and visiting artists. Upon declaration, music majors must attend 10 such department-approved concerts per semester to broaden their understanding of the joys and challenges of the concert world and to gain a deeper understanding of performance practices and literature.

Departmental distinction at graduation for seniors will be awarded on the criteria of performance in departmental courses, the senior capstone project, and participation and presence in the life of the department.

Music Major Advising Checklist

CORE BLOCK REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MAJORS:

1 unit of Music in Culture  
1 unit of Western Music History  
1 unit of Popular Music Studies  
1 unit of Tonal Harmony  
1 unit of Creativity in Music  
1 unit of Performance (studio lessons or ensembles)  
 

ELECTIVES

3 units, freely chosen (no more than 1 unit at the 100-level)

2 units of 300-level seminars (advanced courses)

1 unit of a 200- or 300-level performance-oriented course

 

CAPSTONE SEMINARS

MU435 to be taken in the junior year

Senior Capstone Project (in consultation with major advisor)

 

CONCERT ATTENDANCE

10 concerts per semester, some required, some freely chosen
 

The Department of Music recommends that all music majors complete the Core Requirements by the end of the junior year. Music majors should consult with their academic advisors concerning elective courses for further study in the major areas of the field, such as ethnomusicology, history and literature, music education, performance, and theory/composition.

Minor

A minimum of six units of coursework in the Department of Music, including five required units in the following categories: theory/composition, Western music history, ethnomusicology/world music, American/popular/music technology, and performance. One additional elective from any of these five categories is required, as well as regular concert attendance as described below.

  1. One unit in Music Theory or Composition, for example, MU199 Music Fundamentals, MU301 Composition, MU251 Tonal Harmony (or subsequent courses in theory), MU399 Experimental Music, MU425 Advanced Composition and Orchestration, or other department-approved courses.
  2. One unit in Western Music History for example, MU150 Music in Western Culture, MU212 Mozart and his Age, MU284 Beethoven, MU285 Music of the Baroque & Classical Eras, MU286 Romantic and Early Modernist Eras, or other department-approved courses (including MU227 and MU228 “topics” courses).
  3. One unit in Ethnomusicology or World Music for example, MU221 or MU222 Topics in Ethnomusicology, MU290 American Indian Music, MU291 Southwest American Indian Music, MU295 Indonesian Music, MU224 Jewish Music, MU398 American Folk Music, or other department approved courses.
  4. One unit in American Music, Popular Music, or Music Technology for example, MU200 Music at the Computer, MU155 Introduction to Jazz, MU227/228 Popular Music, MU231 Musicals in American Culture, MU235 From Stage to Screen, or other department-approved courses.
  5. One unit (four semesters) of performance in ensemble or studio lessons

(Each semester of ensemble or studio lessons earns .25 unit of credit.)

Minors must fulfill one additional unit of an elective music course, of the student’s choice, in consultation with the student’s minor advisor or one unit (four additional semesters) of ensemble participation/studio lessons.

Additional offerings are listed in the catalog of courses and should be discussed with the student’s minor advisor. Only department-approved courses can count toward the minor. Only one FYE unit can count toward the minor.

During the academic year, the department will sponsor a series of performances by faculty and student ensembles and soloists, as well as extended visits by distinguished visiting artists. Upon declaration, music minors must attend five (5) such department-approved concerts per semester to broaden their understanding of the joys and challenges of the concert world and to gain a deeper understanding of performance and literature. Additional information can be obtained at the music office.

Music Minor Advising Checklist

A minimum of 6 units of coursework in the Department of Music, including five required units in the following categories: theory/composition, Western music history, ethnomusicology/world music, American/popular/music technology, and performance. One additional elective from any of these five categories is required, as well as regular concert attendance as described below.

FOUR REQUIRED UNITS, ONE FROM EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
1) One unit in Music Theory or Composition

MU199 Music Fundamentals, MU301 Composition, MU251 Tonal Harmony (or subsequent courses in theory ), MU399 Experimental Music, MU425 Advanced Composition and Orchestration, or other department-approved courses.

 
2) One unit in Western Music History MU150 Music in Western Culture, MU212 Mozart and his Age, MU284 Beethoven, MU227 or 228 Topics (or other appropriate topics courses), MU315 Music History I, MU316 Music History II, or other department-approved courses.  
3) One unit in Ethnomusicology or World Music

MU221 or MU222 Topics in Ethnomusicology, MU290 American Indian Music, MU291 Southwest American Indian Music, MU295 Indonesian Music, MU202 Music of Cuba, MU224 Jewish Music, MU398 American Folk Music, or other department approved courses.

 
4) One unit in American Music, Popular Music, or Music Technology

MU155 Introduction to Jazz, MU227/228 Popular Music, MU200 Music at the Computer, MU231 Musicals in American Culture, MU235 From Stage to Screen, or other department-approved courses.

 
5) One unit (four semesters) of performance in ensemble or studio lessons

(Each semester of ensemble or studio lessons earns .25 unit of credit.)

 
ONE ADDITONAL ELECTIVE UNIT

One unit of an elective music course of the student’s choice (approved by the student’s music minor adviser) or One unit (four additional semesters) of ensemble participation/studio lessons.

 

Music minors must attend five (5) department-approved concerts per semester. Programs from each concert must be signed and submitted to the Department of Music office.

Please note: Only one FYE unit can count toward the music minor.