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From the time of the early Greeks, music has been considered an important component of a liberal arts education.

While a form of artistic expression, music employs a scientific language and is based on a logic of its own which fosters intellectual stimulation as well as aesthetic sensibility.

Course offerings in the Department acknowledge this and provide the opportunity to pursue music’s three interrelated areas: its theory, history, and performance. The curriculum provides opportunities for music study whether the students’ interests are oriented towards career, avocation, or expanding their breadth of knowledge.

Courses in performance involving individual instruction are taken for one credit. Students enrolled receive one hour of instruction each week.

All students wishing to study an instrument must consult with the Chair of the Department. Students who wish to study voice must audition prior to registration. Ordinarily, new voice students will be placed in MUSC 1129 (voice class) before being considered for MUSC 1131 (private voice lessons).

Students with no previous music study or minimal background may be required to take MUSC 1103 or 1107 as a prerequisite or corequisite for enrollment in lessons. Moderate proficiency is required of students continuing their study of strings or woodwinds, while students who wish to study organ, harpsichord, or fortepiano must have some keyboard proficiency. Lessons in strings, woodwinds, brass, and guitar are subject to the availability of an instructor.

There is no additional charge for music performance lessons to music minors who have declared by the end of the first week of the session. All other students taking music performance lessons will be charged $325 each session for weekly one hour lessons (1 credit). Should the student drop the music minor then music performance lesson fees will be charged retroactively for the session.

All music performance lessons and ensembles (MUSC 1131 through 1173, and 2209) are repeatable for credit.

For more information on departmental policies (including lesson procedures,
recitals, and juries), please consult the Department of Music Student Handbook.

Degree Requirements

Course Catalog

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