Major Requirements

Music

The major in music—Thirteen courses, with grades of C- or better, are required. Students may choose either the general music major or one of three specialized tracks: American popular music, ethnomusicology/world music, or musical theater. For all music majors, the following core of courses is required:

  • MUSC 113. Introduction to World Music
  • MUSC 201. Diatonic Harmonic Practice
  • MUSC 202. Chromatic Harmonic Practice
  • MUSC 311. The History of Western Music I
  • MUSC 312. The History of Western Music II
  • MUSC 313. Music of the 20th Century
  • A 400-level senior exercise (senior recital, project, thesis, presentation, or seminar)

In addition, there are specialized requirements for the general music major and for each of three optional tracks.

  • General music major
    • Four elective courses in music, selected in consultation with the student's adviser. At least one must be selected from the following courses:
      • Topics in world music:
        • MUSC 215. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
        • MUSC 219. Toca Brasil! (Play Brazil!)
        • MUSC 220. Human Rights and Music
      • Topics in popular music:
        • MUSC 218. American Popular Music
        • MUSC 224. Music of Black American Women
        • MUSC 272. Contemporary Musical Theater
        • MUSC 274. Jazz: 1900 to the Present
      • Music in culture and society:
        • MUSC 150. Women in Music
        • MUSC 224. Music of Black American Women
    • At least four semesters of participation in department performance courses

    • MUSC 420. Advanced Topics in Music History
  • American popular music track
    • MUSC 218. American Popular Music
    • MUSC 224. Music of Black American Women
    • 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 department performance courses
  • Ethnomusicology/world music track
    • MUSC 222. Investigating Music and Culture
    • One other course in ethnomusicology

    • 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
  • 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

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, take MUSC 101. Basic Musicianship in the first year; MUSC 201. Diatonic Harmonic Practice, MUSC 202. Chromatic Harmonic Practice, and MUSC 311. History of Western Music I in the sophomore year; and MUSC 312. History of Western Music II and MUSC 313. Music of the 20th Century in the junior 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 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; simultaneous enrollment in these courses may not exceed one course credit. 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 222. Investigating Music and Culture
  • MUSC 224. The Music of Black American Women
  • MUSC 311. The History of Western Music I
  • MUSC 312. The History of Western Music II

Cognate courses—Because of the diversity inherent in the discipline, study, and practice of music, it is difficult to isolate specific courses or areas as being preferentially cognate. For example, those students interested in music's relations to other performing arts would be directed towards courses in theater and dance; those concerned with music as a force in society might consider courses in 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.

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