A. Chadabe, M.M.
R. Morris, D.M.A.
University of Southern California
M. Janower, D.M.
E. Gilman, M.M.
Manhattan School of Music
Findlay Cockrell, M.S. (Collins Fellow)
Juilliard School of Music
Drew Hartzell, Jr., Ph.D.
University of Rochester
J. Hoyt, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
J. Zak III, Ph.D.
City University of New York
J. Gluck, M.F.A.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
major undergraduate programs offered by the Music Department provide
students with the fundamental knowledge and technical capabilities
necessary for the pursuit of graduate studies or professional
activities. These programs, as well as the minor and the many
possibilities for a double major, are also components of a liberal
arts education and in that context provide preparation for a variety
offerings include a variety of introductory and advanced lectures and
lab courses in composition, history and literature, theory, and
performance. Seminars, independent study, and internships are also
available for majors. Students intending to pursue graduate study in
musicology or theory are urged to enroll in foreign language study.
for participation in various performance ensembles are provided for
majors and nonmajors. The department sponsors concerts by its
ensembles, faculty, students, and guest artists each semester.
facilities include housing for musical instruments, practice rooms, a
department library and listening room, an electronic music studio and
three concert halls.
Requirements for the Major in Music
majors must: 1) be able to read music and 2) satisfactorily pass a
departmental aptitude examination which will be administered during
the first scheduled class in the fall semester. A Mus 110 may
serve as preparation for the major. In addition a noncredit
competency exam in piano is given at that time. Those deficient in
this area will be required to enroll in an appropriate level of A Mus
165/A Mus 166 (Functional Piano). A grade of C- or higher
in A Mus 166 will be needed to satisfy this requirement. Credit
for A Mus 165 and/or A Mus 166 will not apply toward major
or minor requirements.
B.A.: 36 credits:
Core: 27 credits to include: A Mus 100, 245, 247, 345, 347;
6 credits in music history (A Mus 230 & 231) and 2 credits
(2 semesters) in ensemble (A Mus 185, 186, 187, 287, or 289 [as
Electives: 9 credits at the 300-level or above in courses
intended for music majors and minors (except A Mus 378, 478, and
479) to include at least 3 credits from a 300- or 400-level
writing-intensive musicology course; and at least 3 credits from a
300- or 400-level composition, electronic music and media, or theory
course (except A Mus 345 and 347). .
Programs in Composition, Electronic Music and Media, Musicology,
Theory, Conducting, Performance
to these programs requires permission of the appropriate departmental
B.A.: 54 credits minimum:
Core: Same as General Program.
Musicology or Theory: 12 credits in the concentration from 300-
and 400-level courses intended for music majors and minors as advised
and approved by the department chair. (Students with concentrations
in composition are required to take A Mus 320 or A Mus 321
and A Mus 325 as part of their concentration.)
15 credits in one of the following specializations:
Conducting: 6 credits of A Mus 270; A Mus 360, 361, and
Instrumental Conducting: 6 credits of A Mus 270 (as
appropriate); A Mus 360, 362, and 462.
Music and Media: 12 credits to include A Mus 293, 295, 325,
Performance: 12-18 credits (4-6 semesters)
A Mus 178 (or proficiency), 278 (or proficiency), 378, 379, 478,
Electives: Same as General Program, except elected courses may
not duplicate those required for the concentration.
Composition, Electronic Music and
Media, Musicology or Theory: 6 credits (6 semesters) in ensemble
(A Mus 185, 186, 187, or 287) or performance (except A Mus
165 and 166) in addition to the core requirements. Those in the
Electronic Music Program may substitute 2 credits (2 semesters) of
A Mus 289 for 2 credits (2 semesters) or A Mus 185, 186,
187, or 287.
Conducting: 3 credits (3 semesters) in
ensemble appropriate to the concentration or A Mus 170 or 270 as
Performance: 6 credits (6 semesters) for
instrumentalists and vocalists from A Mus 180, 182, 184, 185,
186, 187, or 287 (as appropriate to their specialization); 2 credits
(2 semesters) for pianists/guitarists from A Mus 180, 182, 184,
185, 186, 187, or 287; and 4 credits as advised.
Compositions performed in an approved graduation recital or the
Performance: Admission to the program by
audition. Performance examinations held at the end of each semester
but the first, or unless the student is presenting a graduation
recital that semester. Participation in an approved graduation
Electronic Music and Media, Musicology, Theory,
Conducting: An approved senior research project.