Tracks

The core program consists of the study of the theory (with associated labs that provide further training in the musicianship skills necessary for all musical endeavors) and history of Western music. Students may, if they wish, opt for additional study in one of the following 5 specialized areas (tracks) within the music major, or work with a faculty advisor to propose an alternate program in accordance with their own interests. Faculty advisors, including the Undergraduate Advising Head and individual track advisors, are listed on the side bar.

Composition

The track in composition develops skills in composition and analysis through courses in composition selected in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students apply to this track by submitting three notated pieces to the Composition Track Advisor. These pieces should be your best and most recent works. Please do not submit assignments from Music Theory courses (such as a Minuet). You may submit more than once with different material.

Review the Composition track course requirements

Cultural Studies

The track in cultural studies encourages students to develop an understanding of music of various traditions in their cultural and social contexts. Students in this interdisciplinary track select courses in cultural studies from offerings in the schools of creative arts, social sciences and humanities.

Review the cultural studies track course requirements

History

The track in history allows students to focus on the place of music in history through elective courses on historical topics chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to select these courses from related disciplines to focus on a particular time or place.

Review the History track course requirements

Performance

The track in performance, open to highly qualified students by audition at the end of the sophomore year, develops skill in performance through private study as well as through elective courses selected in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students also present junior and senior recitals.

Review the performance track course requirements

Musical Theater Performance

The track in musical theater performance, open to qualified students by audition at the end of the sophomore year, allows students with an interest in musical theater to pursue that dream. In addition to taking courses in the music department, musical theater students are encouraged to participate in musicals produced by the Theater Arts Department and to enroll in a mix of music and theater electives. Students also present junior and senior recitals.

Review the Musical Theater performance track course requirements