Majoring and Minoring

For complete information about majoring and minoring, see the online catalog.

The Major Program - 2024/2025 Catalog Requirements

Please note: Music majors who matriculated prior to 2022 should adhere to the requirements of the catalog they started on. Previous catalogs can be found here.

The major requires a minimum of 45 credits, following successful completion of our prerequisite courses (Music Theory Fundamentals and Music Theory 1):

  • Two courses in music theory: MUS 200 (Music Theory II) and MUS 250 (Music Theory III)
  • Two courses in music history: MUS 162 (History of Western Music I) and MUS 163 (History of Western Music II)
  • Four semester credits of a single instrument or voice lessons (please note that music majors are expected to enroll in applied lessons every semester that they are on campus)
  • MUP-102: Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class (this appears in WebAdvisor as “Keyboard Skills 2”)
    • Students with prior keyboard experience may take private lessons to fulfill this requirement. Please refer to the college catalog for a list of courses that qualify. Your advisor must approve of a substitution. 
  • Six semester credits of ensembles to be distributed as follows:
    • Two credits of Conducted Ensemble courses (Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Voces Aureum Treble Chorus, Community Chorale, Cappella Nova)
    • One credit of Guided Ensemble courses (Gamelan Ensemble, Ghanaian Music Ensemble, Zimbabwean Music Ensemble)
    • One credit of Mentored Ensemble courses (Jazz Combos, Vocal Performance Workshop, Indian Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensembles, Accompanying Class)
    • Two credits of ensemble courses, chosen from any category above (Conducted, Guided, or Mentored)
  • Four semester credits of world music in our flagship Workshops in World Music course that integrates an introduction to ethnomusicology with three performance sections from different global traditions
  • Eight semester credits of upper-division theory or composition: options include orchestration, counterpoint, jazz theory, electronic music seminar, and conducting
  • Four semester credits of upper-division music history or ethnomusicology: these research-based seminars have different topics each semester, such as Women in Music, Writing About Music, Portland Music Scenes, and Eco-musicology
  • Two semester credits in MUS 490 Senior Project: seniors produce a thesis, performance recital, composition recital, or other culminating project


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 Voces Aureum Treble Chorus
MUP 116 Community Chorale
MUP 117 Cappella Nova
MUP 118 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop
MUP 121 Gamelan Ensemble

MUP 127 Ghanaian Music Ensemble
MUP 128 Zimbabwean Music Ensemble
MUP 129 Indian Music Ensemble

MUP 135 Percussion Ensemble
MUP 214 Guitar Ensemble
MUP 215 Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 293 Accompanying Class

  • One semester credit of instrumental or voice lessons.

  • Four semester credits of world music in our flagship Workshops in World Music course that integrates an introduction to ethnomusicology with three performance sections from different global traditions
  • Four 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  301     Portland Music Scenes
    MUS  307     Topics in Music
    MUS  308     Topics in Music, Comparative and North American
    MUS  316     Jazz Theory
    MUS  333     Seminar in Electronic Music
    MUS  341     Orchestration
    MUS  342     Counterpoint
    MUS  346     Conducting
    MUS  347     Advanced Conducting
    MUS  361     Writing About Music

Departmental Honors

To qualify for honors, music majors must have a departmental GPA of 3.500 or higher. 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.