Goals and Objectives for Majors
The ability to think in music and to think about music.
- To gain familiarity with a range of different musical practices and traditions, including selected Western classical, American popular, and non-Western practices.
- To learn to create (perform and compose), and analyze music.
- To learn to think about cultural, historical, and cognitive dimensions of music.
- To develop the ability for sustained thinking in or about music.
Music majors are required to earn a minimum of eleven course credits.
All of the following:
- MUS 210. Classical Music in Western Culture.
- AM/MU 212. How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology.
- MUS 231. Music Theory I. Foundational Concepts of Music Theory.
- MUS 232. Music Theory II. Diatonic Harmony, Form, and Analysis.
- MUS 331. Music Theory III. Chromatic Harmony, Form, and Analysis.
- MUS 457 or 458. Senior Thesis.
One of the following cultural musicology courses:
- MUS 247. History of Jazz.
- MUS 248. Music in Contemporary Popular Culture.
- AF/MU 249. African American Popular Music.
- MUS 266. Miles Davis.
The remaining courses are chosen in consultation with the thesis advisor. No more than a total of two credits of applied music (MUS 270) and/or ensemble performance (MUS 290) may be counted toward the major.