About the Program
Whether you want to sing opera, play jazz piano, perform on Broadway, or join an indie rock band, the music program empowers you to pursue your dreams by connecting you with valuable opportunities. The Music program offers a bachelor of arts degree in music that allows you to choose an academic or performance emphasis.
An audition is required to become a music major and you must audition on the instrument you plan to major in. Live auditions are held annually in January, February, and March.
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What You'll Learn
- Understand music theory from the common practice period to the present, including both tonal theory (harmony, the rules of voice leading, and four-part writing), and post-tonal theory.
- Develop aural skills sufficient for competent melodic/harmonic/rhythmic dictation and sight-singing.
- Study the history of western classical music including forms and styles, and its connection to western culture.
- Achieve excellence on a particular instrument or voice in solo and ensemble performance.
- Communicate clearly and meaningfully about music and related subjects.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory coursework and private lessons for your primary instrument. As you move through the program, you’ll take classes on music theory, history, and aural skills, while performing in ensembles from Community Choir, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble to Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Players, and Opera Studio. To complete your degree, you’ll also take foreign language classes.
Degree Emphasis Options
The Music program offers Music Studies, Vocal Performance, and Piano Performance emphases with the possibility of double or customizable majors.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
In the SugarTown Acapella ensemble, a wide variety of popular styles are cultivated by exploring everything from barbershop and sweet adeline traditions to more contemporary pieces. Auditions are required for this ensemble, and you are strongly advised (in some cases required) to concurrently take 1 or more of the following: voice lessons, piano lessons, Music Theory I, and/or Aural Skills I.
A Mathemusical Offering
From Pythagoras to Xenakis, musicians throughout the centuries have studied and utilized the mathematical properties and structure of music. You’ll explore the relationship between math and music and how it affects acoustics, tunings, harmonies, rhythm, and form.