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Music Major & Concentration at the School of General Studies

For detailed information on the Music Major in The School of General Studies, please visit this page:

http://www.gs.columbia.edu/major-title?majorid=1841


The Department of Music provides a solid foundation in many areas of music from Western and non-Western traditions. The Music Performance Program provides a staff of distinguished performing artists to give private instruction and to coach chamber music ensembles.

The Music & Arts Library, located on the seventh floor of Dodge Hall, is an excellent study and research facility, possessing an extensive collection of musical scores, reference works, books on music, and audio and video recordings, with listening and viewing facilities and computer-aided instructional equipment.

For a Major in Music

A program of study should be planned with the director of undergraduate studies in the first semester of sophomore year. Students planning to focus on a particular area (e.g., computer music, composition, ethnomusicology, music theory, or music history) may wish to select a faculty adviser in that area. Prospective music majors are advised to satisfy the following prerequisites as early as possible: MUSI V1002 and MUSI V1312. These requirements may be fulfilled either through successful completion of the courses or through satisfactory performance on exemption exams administered at the beginning of each semester by the department.

All music majors are required to take a keyboard proficiency exam upon entrance into the first semester of theory. Those who do not pass the exam are required to take MUSI W1517-W1518 for 1 point each term. For students who plan to do graduate work in music, studying German, French, Italian, and/or Latin is recommended.

The major requires a minimum of 40 points including:

  1. MUSI V2318-V2319
  2. MUSI V3321-V3322
  3. Ear training through Level IV, chosen from MUSI V2314-V2315, MUSI V3316-V3317. (MUSI W4318-W4319 are optional.)
  4. MUSI V3128 and MUSI V3129
  5. MUSI V3400 
  6. At least two 3000- or 4000-level electives

The remaining points are to be earned through 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level courses subject to these constraints:

  1. No more than 6 points of 2000-level courses
  2. No more than 4 points of instrumental or vocal lessons or participation for a letter grade in MUSI V1591-V1592, MUSI V1598-V1599, MUSI V1618-V1619 or MUSI V1624-V1625
  3. MUSI W1517-W1518, when necessary, count against the 4-point maximum in performance before any other lessons

For a Concentration in Music

A program of study should be planned with the director of undergraduate studies in the first semester of sophomore year. All concentrators must consult the director of undergraduate studies each term before registering. Prospective music concentrators are advised to satisfy the following prerequisites as early as possible: MUSI V1002 and MUSI V1312. These requirements may be fulfilled either through successful completion of the courses or satisfactory performance on exemption examinations administered at the beginning of each semester by the department.

The concentration requires a minimum of 28 points including:

  1. MUSI V2318-V2319
  2. MUSI V3321-V3322
  3. Ear training through Level IV, chosen from MUSI V2314-V2315, MUSI V3316-V3317. (MUSI W4318-W4319 are optional.)
  4. MUSI V3128-V3129
  5. MUSI V3400
  6. At least one additional course at the 3000- or 4000- level
  7. No more than 4 points of instrumental or vocal lessons or participation for a letter grade in MUSI V1591-V1592, MUSI V1598-V1599, MUSI V1618-V1619 or MUSI V1624-V1625
  8. MUSI W1517-W1518, when necessary, count against the 4-point maximum in performance before any other lessons

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