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The Major in Music


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Peter Bloom


Ten semester courses: the basis (102, 110, and 202), six further classroom courses above the 100 level, and 325 in the senior year. Of the six further classroom courses, at least one must be taken in three of the following areas:

In World music and in American music, 101 and 105 or 106, respectively, may be substituted for a further classroom course above the 100 level. In music theory and analysis, students who place out of 110 — a placement test is administered at the opening of the fall semester — are welcome to take in its stead any classroom course in music as they complete the ten courses required for the major.

Students who are contemplating graduate work in any branch of music should consult an appropriate member of the department for advice in selecting elective courses. Students interested in graduate work in music are urged to acquire some knowledge of German, French, or Italian (for studies in the Western tradition) or of a relevant foreign language (for studies beyond the Western tradition).

Music Major with a Concentration in Performance

Majors who intend to pursue graduate-level conservatory training may, before March of their junior year, seek via audition before a representative committee of the department admission to the concentration in performance, which consists of enrollment in MUS 940y (intensive preparation for a senior recital); and two hours of performance lessons a week during the senior year.