Music

All Majors & Minors

Learning Goals

Students majoring in Music will:

  1. Develop the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, and form.
  2. Develop an understanding of and the ability to read and realize musical notation.
  3. Become familiar with a wide selection of musical literature and its associated eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  4. Develop the ability to theoretically analyze a variety of musical styles
  5. Hone skills in basic music composition.
  6. Expand their skill level in researching and writing critically about music.
  7. Develop skills of collaborative musicianship through participation in ensemble contexts.

Music department offerings are designed to provide an understanding of music through a study of styles and theory as well as performance opportunities. The curriculum is designed to integrate history and theory across historical periods and stylistic idioms while providing ensemble and applied music instruction as a basis for connecting practical and analytical aspects of the discipline. Students who complete a music major can pursue graduate study but also apply their knowledge of music to performing arts administration, music therapy and business applications.