Composition and History Tracks

Theory Courses

Four semesters:

  • MUS 101a and b (with 2-credit labs 102a and b) AND

  • MUS 103a and b (with 2-credit labs 104a and b)

Placement in the appropriate theory class is determined by exam at the first class meeting in MUS 101a or by appointment with the undergraduate composition track advisor, Professor Erin Gee

History Courses

Three semesters:

  • MUS 131a

  • MUS 133b

  • MUS 135a


Three semesters:

  • Three courses in music and/or related disciplines, to be approved by the track advisor. See the list of approved track-specific electives in the University Bulletin

Private lessons (a full year of MUS 111/112) may be applied once only for major credit. MUS 1a, 2a, 5a,b, and 80-88 may not be counted as electives.

Track-specific Requirements

Composition Track

  • One semester: MUS 106a (must serve as one of the three electives)

Ensemble Courses

Four semesters (taken in four different semesters):

  • Department ensembles MUS 80-88 or 116 (with or without credit)

Keyboard Proficiency

Keyboard proficiency must be demonstrated by exam by the end of the penultimate semester. Free instruction is available through the Basic Piano program. (no course credit). Check out the latest Keyboard Proficiency Practice Packet and feel free to email if you have any questions.