Major Requirements

Music

OVERVIEW OF MAJOR

REQUIREMENTS

Number of courses, credits and overall GPA required for the major:

The major in music—Thirteen courses, with grades of C- or better, are required.

Concentrations/Tracks:

Students may choose among four tracks:

  • Musicology—the “General Music Track''
  • American Popular Music

  • Ethnomusicology/World Music

  • Musical Theater

Core courses:

For all music majors, the following core courses are required:

  • MUSC 113. Introduction to World Music

  • MUSC 201. Diatonic Harmonic Practice

  • MUSC 202. Chromatic Harmonic Practice

  • MUSC 211. Music from Plato through Bach

  • MUSC 312. 18th and 19th-Century Music: From Mozart to Brahms

  • MUSC 313. 20th and 21st-Century Music: From Stravinsky to John Adams

  • A 400-level senior exercise as defined in each track
  • 1) General music major
    • Four elective courses in music. At least one must be selected from the following list in consultation with the student's adviser and approved by the department chair:
      • MUSC 133. Blues Women to Nicki Minaj

      • MUSC 150. Women in Music

      • MUSC 215. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

      • MUSC 218. American Popular Music

      • MUSC 219. Toca Brasil! (Play Brazil!)
      • MUSC 272. Contemporary Musical Theater

      • MUSC 274. Jazz: 1900 to the Present

    • At least four semesters of participation in department performance courses with a maximum of two semesters of MUSC 107. Music Lessons.
    • MUSC 420. Advanced Topics in Music History
  • 2) American popular music track
    • MUSC 133. Blues Women to Nicki Minaj

    • MUSC 218. American Popular Music

    • MUSC 274. Jazz: 1900 to the Present

    • One American studies course, 200 level or higher, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • At least four semesters of participation in departmental performance ensembles

    • MUSC 420. Advanced Topics in Music History, or 400-level senior project or performance as approved by adviser or department chair

  • 3) Ethnomusicology/world music track
    • MUSC 222. Investigating Music and Culture

    • One other course in ethnomusicology, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • One course in anthropology, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • One course in a relevant geographical or cultural area, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • At least four semesters of participation in MUSC 111. Samba Ensemble

    • A 400-level ethnomusicology-based senior project or thesis

  • 4) Musical theater track
    • MUSC 272. Contemporary Musical Theater

    • MUSC 218. American Popular Music or MUSC 274. Jazz: 1900 to the Present

    • One course in acting, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • One course in dance technique, approved in advance by the student's adviser

    • Participation in one musical-theater production in each of four different semesters by means of enrollment in MUSC 119. Musical-Theater Production

    • MUSC 420. Advanced Topics in Music History, or 400-level senior project or performance as approved by adviser or department chair

Electives: All music majors must work closely with their adviser to arrange for a proper choice of electives and sequencing of courses. Students contemplating the major should, if possible:

  • in the first year; take MUSC 101. Basic Musicianship;
  • in the sophomore year, take MUSC 201. Diatonic Harmonic Practice, MUS 202. Chromatic Harmonic Practice, and MUSC 211. Music from Plato through Bach;
  • in the junior year, take MUSC 312. 18th and 19th-Century Music: From Mozart to Brahms and MUSC 313. 20th and 21st-Century Music: From Stravinsky to John Adams.
  • Students with extensive knowledge in music theory can request permission to begin the music theory and history core courses in their first year.

Credit for musical performance will be granted in the following courses: MUSC 102. Trinity College Choir, MUSC 105. Instrumental Ensemble, MUSC 107. Music Lessons, MUSC 108. Steel Pan Ensemble, MUSC 109. Jazz Ensemble, MUSC 111. Samba Ensemble, MUSC 119. Musical-Theater Production, and MUSC 407. Senior Recital. All these except the last invite repeated enrollment. No more than two course credits in musical performance may be counted toward fulfillment of the credit requirement for the major in music (MUSC 407 is not subject to this restriction).

The Writing Intensive Part II requirement is fulfilled by one of the following courses:

  • MUSC 133. Blues Women to Nicki Minaj

  • MUSC 222. Investigating Music and Culture

  • MUSC 211. Music from Plato through Bach

  • MUSC 312. 18th- and 19th-Century Music: From Mozart to Brahms

Cognate Courses—Because of the diversity inherent in the discipline, study, and practice of music, there are many distinct areas that can be isolated as being preferentially cognate. For example, those students interested in music's relations to other performing arts would be directed toward courses in theater and dance; those concerned with music as a force in society might consider courses in sociology, anthropology, educational studies, or international studies; those fascinated by music’s acoustical properties or its application to computers should investigate courses in physics, mathematics, or engineering; those pursuing liturgy-related studies should seek courses in religion. Appropriate cognate courses should be determined in consultation with the adviser at the time a student decides to declare the major.

Particularly helpful to any music major's curriculum would be an understanding of foreign languages (especially Spanish, German, French, Italian, or Latin) and a basic grounding in world history.

Capstone/Senior Project: Senior exercises include a senior recital and/or creative project or thesis, to be determined in consultation with the student’s adviser.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Internships: Music-related internships can be arranged through the Career Development Center.

Study away: Opportunities to pursue interests in music may be explored at a variety of study away programs.

Consortium Courses: Students wishing to participate in classes at the Hartt School of Music, as well as perform in an orchestra or large wind ensemble, may enroll through the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

Honors: Honors in music are awarded based on distinguished performance in the major, as evaluated by the entire music faculty.