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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 21, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music, BA

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The Department of Music offers an innovative undergraduate program that confers a bachelor’s degree and a minor in music. The Department’s dynamic faculty offer strong support for undergraduate research and creative expression. Undergraduates also engage with the Department’s renowned graduate programs and are encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of the Department’s research and performance culture.

Undergraduates choose a course of study from among five tracks: Composition, Global & Popular Music, Jazz, Music & Cultural History, and Performance. The tracks offer students a broad foundation in music scholarship while tailoring specific elements of music study to the student’s individual talents and interests.   

To declare this major, students must complete MUSIC 0100 - FUNDAMENTALS OF WESTERN MUSIC  with a letter grade of B- or better, or achieve a sufficient score to on the Music placement exam to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite theory course

Students may test out of this prerequisite by completing the Music Theory placement exam with a sufficient score. Students who take this course must earn a letter grade of B- or better to delcare the Music major.

BA Requirements

Global & Popular Music Track

Jazz Track

Choose one of the following courses

Of these two courses, students must take the one that was not taken as a core course.

All of the following courses

Music & Cultural History Track

All of the following courses

  • Two MUSIC courses at the 1200-level
  • Two MUSIC courses at the 1200- to 1400-level
  • Three MUSIC performance courses, at 1 credit each

Performance Track

Other requirements

  • Students may test out of MUSIC 0100 MUSIC 0100 - FUNDAMENTALS OF WESTERN MUSIC  by passing the Music Theory placement exam, which is administered in the Dietrich School Advising Center, 201 Thackeray Hall.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.
  • No course that counts toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.
  • All students interested in taking private lessons must complete a Request for Private Lessons form, available in 110 Music Building. Music majors have first priority in scheduling private lessons, which cost an additional $395 per term.
  • To graduate with departmental honors, a student must earn a minimum 3.25 GPA overall, a minimum 3.50 GPA in the music courses with no grade lower than a B-.


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