The Music Major at the School of General Studies
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The Department of Music provides a solid foundation in music theory, history, and composition for its majors. At the same time, it offers other students introductory courses in musical literature, popular and world music, composition, and elementary musicianship. In addition, 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.
All majors must consult the director of undergraduate studies each term before registering. The requirements listed below are special to this department and must be read in conjunction with the general requirements for the bachelor's degree. As a rule, no more than 12 transfer credits will be accepted toward the major.
Program of study: To be planned with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of the second year. Prospective music majors should complete the prerequisites by the end of their second year and are encouraged to complete them by the end of their first year. During their first term as music majors, students should select a faculty advisor in their area of interest. Students with questions regarding the agreement with the Juilliard School should address them to the Office of the Dean of Students, 403 Lewisohn.
PREREQUISITES FOR THE MAJOR
MUSI V1002: Fundamentals of Western Music, 3 credits, and its corequisite:
MUSI V1312: Introductory Ear-training, 1credit.
Prospective music majors are advised to satisfy the prerequisites prior to their declaration as majors or before the end of their sophomore year at the latest. These requirements may be fulfilled either through successful completion of the courses or through satisfactory performance on exemption examinations administered at the beginning of each semester by the department. A student may also place out of MUSI V1002 with a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in music.
Keyboard Proficiency: All music majors will be required to take a keyboard proficiency exam upon entrance into the first semester of theory. If they do not pass the exam, they will be required to take MUSI W1517x - W1518y (Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship, 1 credit) each term, which will count against the maximum 4 credits allowed for instrumental or vocal lessons toward the completion of the major.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
The major requires at least 40 credits, including:
MUSI V2318 - V2319: Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint, 3 credits per semester
MUSI V3321 - V3322: Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint, 3 credits per semester
Ear Training - four semesters (4 credits) of ear training chosen from among:
MUSI V2314 - V2315: Ear-training, I - II, 1 credit each
MUSI V3316 - V3317: Ear-training, III - IV, 1 credit each
MUSI W4318 - W4319: Ear-training, V - VI, 1 credit each (if offered)
MUSI V3128: History of Western Music, Middle Ages to the Baroque, 3 credits
MUSI V3129: History of Western Music, Classical to Modern Period, 3 credits
At least three 3000- or 4000-level electives in the student's area of special interest to be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies and/or a faculty adviser in the area in question.
The remaining credits are to be earned through 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level courses chosen under these constraints:
- no more than 6 credits of courses at the 2000 level
- no more than 4 credits of instrumental or vocal lessons, or participation for letter grade in MUSI V1591-V1592 (University Orchestra), or V1598-V1599 (Chamber Ensemble)
- MUSI V1517 - V1518 (Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship), when they are necessary, will count against the 4-credit maximum in performance before any other lessons.
NOTE: A single course may count only for a single requirement.
For students who plan to do graduate work in music, the study of German, French , Italian, and/or Latin is highly recommended.
Departmental Honors and Independent Study
GS Music Majors are eligible for independent study and Departmental Honors. Honors standing requires Departmental approval and the completion of a sponsored thesis or senior project in the final year of study. There are specific registration and GPA requirements. Please see this page and meet with the GS adviser (Prof. Gray for 2011-12) to discuss your interest in Departmental Honors no later than the very beginning of your senior year.
NOTE: Courses in which a grade of D or lower has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.