Music Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Development of Creative Voice and Abilities

Objective 1.1: Students will develop the ability to create performing arts works that express their creativity and unique voices.

Objective 1.2: Students will acquire skills in creative inquiry, analysis and self-reflection.

Goal 2: Development of Critical and Rhetorical Skills

Objective 2.1: Students will develop the ability to craft well-organized, reasoned, critical, and thoroughly-researched written and oral work.

Goal 3: Knowledge and Analysis of Significant Works

Objective 3.1: Students will develop an awareness and analytical understanding of significant and diverse creative and theoretical works within the performing arts, and the cultural and historical contexts in which they were produced.

Goal 4: Knowledge of Professional Practices

Objective 4.1: Students will acquire the creative, technical, and analytical tools to begin professional work in the field or to pursue graduate studies.

Goal 5: Development of Social and Ethical Awareness

Objective 5.1: Students will develop an understanding of social issues, ethics and inclusivity within the performing arts.

Goal 6: Development of Collaborative and Service Skills

Objective 6.1: Students will engage, share and collaborate as creative citizens by completing performing arts projects that include campus, local, national and/or international communities.

Requirements for the Music Major

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

All students are required to take one course in Art History.

In addition students must choose two courses from the following list of options:

  • Any course in Modern and Classical Languages at or above 300.
  • Any course in History at or above 200.
  • Any course in English at or above 200.
  • Any course in Sociology at or above 200.
  • Any course in Philosophy at or above 200.
  • Any course in Political Science at or above 300
CSC 120Computer Science I4
CSC 121Computer Science II4
CSC 201Data Structures4
MAT 180Theory of Numbers3
MAT 231The Mathematics of Music3

Students are encouraged to discuss their academic goals with their advisor and to make a plan for fulfilling the ILC which meets their specific objectives. Other CAS courses will be accepted with the approval of the Department Chair.

GEP Electives

10-12 to courses, depending on how many required courses in variable core and choice of major concentration

The Music Major

11 courses plus 4 semesters of performance

Music Theory Core
MTF 151Music Fundamentals 13
MTF 251Music Theory I3
MTF 351Music Theory II3
Music History Core
MTF 157Westrn Music Hist: MidAge-17503
MTF 158Western Music: 1750 to Present3
MTF 156Intro to World Music3
or MTF 257 American Music
Music Theory Upper Level
MTF 252Music Composition I3
or MTF 357 Music Theory III
Music History Upper Level
MTF 370Special Topics3
Music Capstone
MTF 496Senior Project II3
Four semesters 2
Music Electives
Select two of the following:6
History of Rock and Pop
Music in Film
Intro to World Music (if not selected above)
Contemporary Music
History of Broadway Musical
Basic Conducting
Music & Gender
Music Composition I (if not selected above)
Choral Music
Jazz in Performance
American Music (if not selected above)
Major Composers
Musical Theater Performance
Music Compostion II
Advanced Vocal Performance
Advanced Piano Performance
Adv Ensemble Performance
Music Theory III (if not selected above)
Advanced Musical Composition
Adv Instrumental Performance
Special Topics