Music programs

As a music major, you’ll study both historic and modern traditions and perform a variety of Western and non-Western music. We pursue excellence in the study, practice and performance of each piece of music, so you’ll be challenged and encouraged by your professors, peers and private tutors as you scale new heights with your musical ability and artistry.

Music Performance

The music performance program prepares students for graduate study and for employment as a professional musician. In addition to completion of the music major curriculum, students should complete the courses listed below:

Recommended courses
Class or private instruction in major area of performance: 6 credits
MUS 312 - Counterpoint
MUS 325 - Recital
MUS 398 - Directed Study
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6 credits
(One credit must be a Literature course)
MUS 115AE - Music of the Church
MUS 116 - Jazz Exploration and Understanding
MUS 214 - Piano Pedagogy
MUS 215 - Survey of Instrumental Literature
MUS 216 - Survey of Piano Literature
MUS 219 - Survey of Choral Literature
MUS 220 - Survey of Vocal Literature
MUS 222 - Survey of Organ Literature
MUS 302 - Advanced Conducting
MUS 303 - Orchestration
Total credits recommended: 18


Students take MUS325 twice; the first recital in the junior year or after four semesters of study.

Vocal majors must substitute MUS217, Vocal Pedagogy for MUS312, Counterpoint; and MUS218, Vocal Diction for MUS398, Directed Study.