A major in Music requires 41 credits: 24 credits in core requirements, 8 credits of performance, 8 credits of elective academic courses, and one credit as the senior project. The core requirements consists of MUSC 201, 202, and 301; MUSC 345, and both MUSC 213 and MUSC 241. The 8 elective credits are limited to academic courses of 3 or more credits. MUSC 101 may not be used towards the major. The 8 music performace credits will consist of 6 credits in a single performance area (at least two semesters of which must be at the 300 or 400 level) and 2 credits in a single departmental ensemble. No more than 18 credits toward the major may be transferred from elsewhere.
Majors in Music will also complete MUSC 491 (Senior Project [pdf]), which is designed in conjunction with a project advisor. The project advisor need not be the same as the major advisor. The senior project consists of a supervised independent study, which usually culminates in either a recital or a lecture-recital of approximately an hour in length or a substantive research paper exhibiting scholarly engagement with an original topic. A composer's senior project usually results in an original composition or significant arrangement, either of which may be premiered. During the semester in which a major undertakes the Senior Project, she or he is required to enroll in MUSC 491 for one credit. Students satisfying the Senior Project requirement with a recital must have attained 400 level in a given performance area at least one full semester prior to the semester of the recital; during the semester of the recital, they must register both for MUSC 491 and performance instruction. Students completing Honors in Music will satisfy the Senior Project requirement with MUSC 495-496. All music majors must complete and submit a Senior Project Form that is signed by the project advisor/s. For seniors graduating in December, the form must be filed by one week after the fall semester drop/add deadline; for May graduates, the form must be submitted by the Friday after fall break. Forms are availabe in the Department of Music office. No GER 6 exemptions are given for music lessons.
The Major Writing Requirement and the Computing Proficiency Requirement are fulfilled by earning a C or better in MUSC 345.