Music Major

The music major provides a grounding in performance, music theory, and contextual and cultural analysis. The major may be paired with either the Music Education (Precertification) Specialization or the Music Performance Specialization for students interested in pursuing graduate study, or careers in music education or performance.

Music Major (35 credits)

Theory Core (7 credits)

Complete the following (4 credits):

MUS-101Introduction to Music Theory and Sound Studies

3 credits

MUS-101LAural Skills

1 credit

and complete ONE of the following three courses (3 credits):

MUS-200Diatonic Harmony through Counterpoint

3 credits

MUS-201Seminar in Chromatic Harmony

3 credits

MUS-20220th-Century Styles

3 credits

European Classical Tradition (6 credits)

MUS-311Music History I

3 credits

MUS-312Music History II

3 credits

Diverse Voices (3 credits)

Take ONE of the following four courses. Once this requirement is met, additional courses from this area may count towards the Music Electives if 200-level or higher.

MUS-112Introduction to World Music

3 credits

MUS-113Music of Love, Death and All the Rest

3 credits

MUS-208Music, Gender, and Sexuality

3 credits

MUS-213History of Popular Music: Rebellion, Bling, and Authenticity

3 credits

MUS-207Celtic Music: A Strange and Complicated History

3 credits

Music Electives (6 credits)

Take 6 credits of 200 level or higher in MUS.

Capstone Sequence (4 credits)

Take the following two courses:

IND-215Professional Development in Visual and Performing Arts

1 credit

MUS-498Music Capstone

3 Credits

Performance Skills (9 credits)

Applied Lessons (3 credits of MUSAP courses: 6 semesters) 

Ensembles (6 credits of MUS-120–MUS-129: 6 semesters)

MUS-001 (0 credit: 4 semesters)


Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:


1) Describe and evaluate the creative developments, cultural contexts, and social interactions of historical musical works and events;
2) Create an interpretation of a musical work based on analysis;
3) Identify and describe the performance of cultural values in a diverse variety of musics;
4) Analyze, evaluate, and critique live and recorded performances;
5) Perform and create as a soloist at a high technical and artistic level, and analyze and reflect on these performances; and
6) Perform and create as a collaborator in music ensembles, and analyze and reflect on these performances.