The Department of Music makes music through composition, improvisation, and performance and explores music’s meaning in the structure of individual works, the relations between them, and their place in the cultures that produce them. One of the most exciting things about music is that it brings together different types of thought and action. The most sensory and practical things and the most theoretical and abstract ones cannot be separated in the musician’s world. Thus, music enjoys a special place in the endeavor to understand ourselves. The program for majors is designed to introduce students to all the above ideas and activities, and students throughout the University are invited to join in any of them. In support of this multifaceted program, the department has assembled a diverse faculty, including experts in composition, performance, theory, history, jazz, and ethnomusicology and is committed to the principle of conducting its activities within an atmosphere that encourages communication and cooperation within that diversity. The department also welcomes double majors from all colleges within the University. For more information on the major, the minor, and the Department of Music, see http://www.music.pitt.edu/.
Note: Students considering declaring a music major or minor should take the Music Theory Placement test, available at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Advising Center. A sufficient score will exempt them from the required MUSIC 0100 - FUNDAMENTALS OF WESTERN MUSIC class. This exam takes about 60 minutes to complete.