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Majoring & Minoring

Major in Music

A core curriculum is common for the first two years, with students pursuing a more focused course of study in the junior and senior years. For the senior capstone experience, all students complete a senior project in one of three formats: recital performance, composition, and/or music research. Declaring a music major by the sophomore year is strongly advised.

All majors and prospective majors are reviewed by the music faculty at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year. Most students should be near the completion of core requirements at this time. Transfer students and those who decide to declare a music major after the sophomore year must consult the department chair.

The review involves a short performance in the student’s primary area of studio instruction, work samples in his or her primary area of interest (for students concentrating in composition, musicology, or ethnomusicology), and an interview about intended areas of focus in the junior and senior years. In this formal advising opportunity, the entire music faculty is available to help each student plan to fulfill upper-division degree requirements and complete the senior project.

A satisfactory sophomore review results in faculty approval of upper-division status as a music major and is a prerequisite for MUS 490 Senior Project.

Junior music majors must schedule a junior meeting with their advisor to complete the Junior Music Advising Form detailing their plans for and progress toward their senior project. Further advising for a student’s senior project is done individually to match students’ aims with departmental and national standards.

Enrollment in MUS 490 requires completion of at least one semester of 300-level study in the chosen area of study. Majors are also required to complete the piano proficiency sequence before enrolling in MUS 490.

Major Requirements

All students intending to major in music must first complete (or have waived by examination) MUS 100 and MUS 150. Credit earned in these courses does not apply toward the major, which requires a minimum of 48 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • Music theory and composition:

    MUS 200 Music Theory II  
    MUS 250 Music Theory III  
  • Music history and literature:

    MUS 162 History of Western Music I  
    MUS 163 History of Western Music II  
  • Four semester credits of a single instrument or voice lessons. Declared majors must enroll in on-campus studio instruction every semester.

  • Six semester credits of ensemble chosen from the following list. At least four of the six credits must be from orchestra, wind symphony, or choirs. 

    MUP 111 Orchestra  
    MUP 112 Wind Symphony  
    MUP 113 Jazz Combos  
    MUP 115 Women’s Chorus  
    MUP 116 Community Chorale  
    MUP 117 Cappella Nova  
    MUP 118 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop  
    MUP 121 Beginning Gamelan Class  
    MUP 125 African Mbira Class  
    MUP 136 Beginning West African Rhythms Class  
    MUP 138 Beginning African Marimba Class  
    MUP 214 Guitar Ensemble  
    MUP 215 Chamber Music: Classical  
    MUP 293 Accompanying  
  • Four semester credits of world music chosen from the following:

    MUS 106 Workshops in World Music  
  • Eight semester credits of upper-division theory or composition chosen from the following:

    MUS 300 Music Theory IV: Contemporary  
    MUS 316 Jazz Theory  
    MUS 333 Seminar in Electronic Music  
    MUS 341 Orchestration  
    MUS 342 Counterpoint  
    MUS 346 Conducting  
    MUS 347 Advanced Conducting  
  • Four semester credits of upper-division music history or ethnomusicology chosen from:

    MUS 307 Advanced Seminar in Music (may be repeated with change of topic)  
    MUS 361 Music and Language  
  • Four semester credits of applied piano lessons:

    MUP 141 Piano Proficiency I  
    MUP 142 Piano Proficiency II  
    MUP 143 Piano Proficiency III  
    MUP 144 Piano Proficiency IV  
  • Two semester credits in MUS 490.

 

The Minor Program

Students who wish a basic but thorough introduction to the field of music may choose to minor in music. Minors pursue basic coursework in a variety of aspects of music study, history, theory, and performance.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 23 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • Four semester credits of music theory and aural skills chosen from the following:

    MUS 150 Music Theory I  
    MUS 200 Music Theory II  
  • Eight semester credits in music history and literature:

    MUS 162 History of Western Music I  
    MUS 163 History of Western Music II  
  • Two semester credits of ensemble chosen from the following list. At least one of the two credits must be from orchestra, wind symphony, or choirs.

    MUP 111 Orchestra  
    MUP 112 Wind Symphony  
    MUP 113 Jazz Combos  
    MUP 115 Women’s Chorus  
    MUP 116 Community Chorale  
    MUP 117 Cappella Nova  
    MUP 118 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop  
    MUP 121 Beginning Gamelan Class  
    MUP 125 African Mbira Class  
    MUP 136 Beginning West African Rhythms Class  
    MUP 138 Beginning African Marimba Class  
    MUP 214 Guitar Ensemble  
    MUP 215 Chamber Music: Classical  
    MUP 293 Accompanying  
  • One semester credit of instrumental lessons, including voice.

  • Eight semester credits in upper-level courses in theory, music history, world music, or composition chosen from the following:

    MUS 300 Music Theory IV: Contemporary  
    MUS 307 Advanced Seminar in Music  
    MUS 316 Jazz Theory  
    MUS 333 Seminar in Electronic Music  
    MUS 341 Orchestration  
    MUS 342 Counterpoint  
    MUS 346 Conducting  
    MUS 361 Music and Language

 

Departmental Honors

To qualify for honors, students must have a GPA of 3.500 or higher both in the major and overall.  They must also produce an exceptional senior project.  All eligible senior music majors are reviewed for possible honors by the faculty, who evaluate the quality of their academic coursework and their senior project.  Students must have completed at least two semesters of coursework at Lewis & Clark before being considered eligible for honors.