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School of Music Degree Highlights

All students take courses in the University's BELL CORE and Music Common Core in addition to courses related to their major. For a complete course listing, please see the University Catalog

Music Common Core

Applied Study (private lessons and seminars)

Music Theory:
Theory I–IV
Aural Skills I–IV
Plus at least one additional course based on major

Music History:
Introduction to Music: History, Culture, and Style
History of Western Music: 1700–Present
Plus one additional course based on major

Piano Study (class or private study leading to proficiency)

Introduction to Digital Musicianship

Basic Conducting

At least one Ensemble each semester

Recital (Junior and/or Senior, based on major)

Electives (music or non-music)


Composition lessons (7 sems.)

Composition seminar

Form and Analysis



Topics in Advanced Analysis

History of Music: Ancient–1700

Computer Music Notation

Digital Musicianship I

New Music Ensemble

Piano Study
(for non-keyboard principals)

Principal Instruments and Applied Study

Every music major has a “principal instrument” which also includes voice. “Applied study” or “applied lessons” means private lessons on your principal instrument. Applied study is similar for all majors. Students meet once a week for one-on-one lessons with an instructor and also in a “seminar” with other students studying in the same area. Seminars provide a chance to perform for your colleagues and teachers, to hear your friends perform and to discuss common issues related to music performance. Students also take “support courses,” one-credit courses that focus on the music, technique and topics related to their specific instrument or musical style.