The core program in music consists of studies in the theory and history of Western music, along with associated labs that provide further training in musicianship skills. Students may, if they wish, choose to pursue 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.
The track in composition develops skills in composition and musical analysis through courses selected in consultation with the composition track advisor. Students apply to this track by submitting three notated pieces to the track advisor. These pieces should be one's best and most recent works. Please do not submit assignments from Music Theory courses (such as a Minuet). Students may apply more than once with different material.Review the Composition track course requirements
The track in cultural studies enables students to develop an understanding of music of various traditions in their cultural and social contexts. Students in this interdisciplinary track complete core courses in music theory (one year), history, and performance and select elective courses from a wide variety of offerings in the arts, social sciences and humanities.Review the cultural studies track course requirements
The track in history allows students to focus on the role of music in history through the core courses in music and elective courses on historical topics, chosen in consultation with the history track advisor. Students apply to this track by submitting a writing sample to the track advisor, typically after completing at least one course in music history. Students are encouraged to select elective courses in music and/or related disciplines that focus on a particular place or time period.
The track in performance, open to highly qualified students by audition at the end of the sophomore year, develops skills in performance through private lessons, ensembles, and performance-related elective courses selected in consultation with the performance track advisor. Performance track students also present junior and senior recitals. Students interested in pursuing the performance track are highly encouraged to enroll in private lessons during their first and second years, to prepare for the performance track audition.Review the performance track course requirements
Musical Theater Performance
The track in musical theater performance is open to highly qualified students by audition at the end of the sophomore year. Musical theater performance students take courses in both the Music and Theater Arts departments. Courses include private voice lessons, vocal ensembles and/or musicals produced by the Theater Arts department (by audition), and performance-related electives chosen in consulatation with the musical theater performance track advisor. Musical theater performance students also present junior and senior recitals. Students interested in pursuing the musical theater performance track are highly encouraged to enroll in private lessons during their first and second years, to prepare for the performance track audition.