Music Major in the Course Program

Music Major in the Course Program

Revised, fall 2015. These requirements apply to members of the class of 2018 and subsequent years. Majors and minors who plan to graduate in 2016 and 2017 will fulfill the requirements of the previous academic program. 

The music major curriculum normally includes the following components. Every student’s program is subject to approval by music faculty, taking into consideration the student's background and goals. We welcome individualized proposals, which are evaluated and approved on the basis of consultations with the music faculty. We emphasize the importance of depth and mastery of musical skills and understanding, and we also recognize the value of studying the diversity of musical cultures.

For more information please see the catalog.

Course Major

Minimum number of required courses:

Eligible Courses:

Music Theory:


Music 11*, 12*, and 13*


four semesters

Music 40a*, 40b*, 40c*, and 40d*

Upper level  Music Theory elective:


Music 14, Music 115, or other upper level theory

Music History:


Music 20, 21, 22(W), 23(W)



Music/Dance 10*

Senior Comprehensive:


Music 94*

Ensemble :

four semesters

Orch, WE, Jazz, Gamelan, Chorus/Choir, Taiko



Any course, upper or lower level. May include Dance or Theater with Dept. approval

Keyboard Proficiency:


Keyboard exam*



* Required