Course requirements for undergraduates

All music majors must take the following core music theory and aural skills courses, and must receive a grade of at least C- in order to proceed to a subsequent course and/or to meet graduation requirements:

  • Music Theory I-IV: MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242

  • Aural Skills I-IV: MUS 143, MUS 144, MUS 243, MUS 244

See the catalog for descriptions. We strongly recommended that Music Theory and Aural Skills courses be taken concurrently and in sequence; thus, MUS 141 and MUS 143 should be taken in the fall semester of the freshman year, and so on.

In addition to the core courses, some concentrations require upper level theory courses. The range of upper level courses includes:

  • MUS 341 - Form and Analysis, offered each fall

  • MUS 444 - Counterpoint, offered each spring

  • MUS 450 - Topics in Music Analysis, offered 3 of every 4 semesters

The requirements by concentration are:

  • Vocal Performance: MUS 341

  • Piano Performance: MUS 341, MUS 444, MUS 450

  • Piano Performance (Accompanying): MUS 341, MUS 444

  • Instrumental Performance: MUS 341

  • Composition: MUS 341, MUS 444, MUS 450 (two times, with different topics)

  • Music Industry: no upper level requirements

  • Music Theatre: no upper level requirements

  • Jazz Studies: no upper level requirements

  • Music Education (all tracks): no upper level requirements

Upcoming topics and instructors for MUS 450:

  • Spring, 2016 - Dr. Jason Haney

MUS 450 - Topics in Music Analysis: The Music of Igor Stravinsky. 3 credits. An exploration of the works of one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, this course will examine music from Stravinsky’s early Russian period, his neoclassic period, and his late serial period. Students will engage with the music through listening, reading of scholarly works, in-depth analysis, writing and in-class presentation.

  • Fall, 2016 - TBA

  • Spring, 2017 - TBA

  • Fall, 2017 - not offered


2016-2017 MUS 450 Topics

Fall 2016: MUS 450—Performance and Analysis of New Music

In this course students will engage with the vast repertory of twentieth and twenty-first century music through both performance and analytical lenses. The course will be primarily repertoire-driven, with students selecting works of new music for members of the class to perform, analyze, and discuss together. The semester will culminate in a final project in which each student selects a piece of new music, analyzes that piece in detail, then coaches an ensemble comprised of members of the class in a performance of the work.

Spring 2017: MUS 450—The Music of Felix Mendelssohn

In this course students will develop a rich familiarity with the music of Felix Mendelssohn, one of the quintessential composers of the Romantic period. The course will roughly move chronologically and by genre through Mendelssohn's music, and students will engage with his music through analyses, readings, discussion, and performance.

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