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Music Major in the Honors Program

Music Major in the Honors Program

The music honors 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.

Honors 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, Musi 016, Music 115, or other upper level theory

Music History:


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



Music 002C, 003B, 005A, 005F, 006C, 006D, 007A, 008A, 008B, 009B, 010, 029, 031, or 100. Additional courses in Ethnomusicology with approval of the Dept. Chair


four semesters

Chinese Ens., Chorus/Garnet Singers, Jazz Ens., Orch., Taiko, Wind Ens., Gamelan



Any course, upper or lower level, in Music History and Literature, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Conduction and Orchestration, or Composition. May include Dance or Theater with Dept. approval

Keyboard Proficiency:


Keyboard exam*

Honors Preparation # 1:


Music 94* Senior Research Topics linked to one  course

Honors Preparation # 2:


Upper level elective (linked to one course)

Honors Preparation # 3:


Upper level elective (linked to one course)