College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music, Theatre & Film

Music Major Curriculum

Objectives

  • To provide students with a comprehensive curriculum that deepens musical understanding and awareness, fosters creative expression, and encourages critical analysis and inquiry;
  • To equip students to describe and analyze a variety of musical styles, and to understand music’s cultural and historical contexts;
  • To prepare students for further study of music at the graduate level, careers in the music field, and to excel in professions that combine music with other disciplines;
  • To develop students’ tools to evaluate musical works, bring their own musical creations to realization, and to express their understanding of music effectively in speech and writing;
  • To guide students through substantive research and/or creative projects as a capstone experience;
  • To provide a major that enhances the mission of the College of Arts & Sciences, encouraging specialized study within the context of the liberal arts.

The Music Major (11 courses plus 4 semesters of performance)

Music Theory Core:  Three Courses

  • MTF  151 Music Fundamentals*
  • MTF 251 Music Theory I
  • MTF 351 Music Theory II

*If a student places out of Music Fundamentals, this requirement is met by taking Music Theory I, II, and III

Music History Core:  Three Courses

  • MTF 157 Music History: The Middle Ages to 1750
  • MTF 158 Music History: 1750 to the Present Day

and choose one of the following:

  • MTF 156 Introduction to World Music
  • MTF 257 American Music

Music Theory Upper Level: One Course

choose one of the following:

MTF 252

Music Composition I

MTF 357

Music Theory III

Music History Upper Level: One Course

MTF 370

Special Topics in Music History

Music Capstone: One Course

MTF 496

Senior Thesis, Composition, and/or Recital

Performance: Four Semesters

A combination of four semesters of participation in a department-sponsored performance ensemble or private studio

  • Ensembles include:  Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Concert Choir, Chamber Music
  • Private Studios include:  Guitar, Piano, Strings and Voice 

Music Electives: Two Courses

MTF 142     History of Rock and Pop

MTF 156

Introduction to World Music (if not selected above)

MTF 159

Contemporary Music

MTF 162

History of the Broadway Musical

MTF 241

Basic Conducting

MTF 242

Music and Gender

MTF 252

Music Composition I (if not selected above)

MTF 253

Choral Music

MTF 254

Jazz in Performance

MTF 257

American Music (if not selected above)

MTF 258

Major Composers

MTF 268

Musical Theatre Performance

MTF 352

Music Composition II

MTF 353

Advanced Vocal Performance

MTF 354

Advanced Piano Performance

MTF 355

Advanced Ensemble Performance

MTF 357

Music Theory III (if not selected above)

MTF 358

Advanced Composition

MTF 370

Special Topics In Music History

 

 

The ILC for the Music Major

The Integrated Learning Component for the Music Major (3 courses).

All students are required to take one course in Art History.

 

In addition students must choose two courses from the following list of options

 

Any course in Modern and Classical Languages at or above 300.

Any course in History at or above 200.

Any course in English at or above 200.

Any course in Sociology at or above 200.

Any course in Philosophy at or above 200.

Any course in Political Science at or above 300

Computer Science

CSC 120

Computer Science I

CSC 121

Computer Science II

CSC 201

Data Structures

Math

MAT 180

Theory of Numbers

MAT 231

Mathematics of Music

Students are encouraged to discuss their academic goals with their advisor and to make a plan for fulfilling the ILC which meets their specific objectives.  Other CAS courses will be accepted with the approval of the Department Chair.

 

THE MUSIC MINOR

The Music Minor (6 courses plus one semester of performance)

 

Students wishing to minor in Music may do so by fulfilling the following requirements:

MTF 151

Music Fundamentals*

 

 

*If a student places out of Music Fundamentals, with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam, he/she will enroll in Music Theory I to meet this requirement.

 

Five additional Music courses selected from the offerings in Theory, Composition, History, and Advanced Performance.

 

One Semester participation in a department-sponsored performance ensemble or private studio.