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Academics > Undergraduate
Music
Degree Requirements

Music Major
(14.5 semester course credits)

Areas of specialization:
For the music major, the student, in consultation with her advisor, completes the core requirements (9.5 credits) and selects one of the following five areas of specialization:

Specialization in Performance (5.0)

Specialization in Composition (5.0)

Specialization in Composition with an Emphasis in Media Technology or Electronic Music (5.0)

Specialization in Theory/History (5.0)

Specialization in Music and Culture (7.0)
For the music and culture specialization, the student completes modified core requirements (7.5 credits).

Music Minor
(6 semester course credits)

Prerequisite:

MUS 003 Musicianship I (May be waived by examination; does not count toward credit total)

Required:

MUS 003 Musicianship II and III (.5; .5) (either or both sections may be waived by examination)

MUS 005–006 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I and II (1; 1)

MUS 056 Musical Form: Analysis and Performance (1)

MUS 118 Classic and Romantic Music (1)

And additional credits in music electives, including at least .5 credit in performance (individual instruction or ensemble).

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Courses for Non-majors

Music is an important component of a liberal arts education. The department offers courses specifically designed for non-majors each year. These courses are intended to help make the student a culturally informed and active participant in a wide variety of musical experiences. Students engaged in discourse about music also acquire verbal and analytical skills that will be useful throughout their scholarly and/or professional careers.

The core courses in the non-major curriculum—Exploring Music: Performance, Creation, and Cultural Practice (MUS 001), Musics of the World (MUS 014/015), Women and Creative Music (MUS 016/116); American Music (MUS 020), Film Music: Mood and Meaning (MUS 121); The Music of India (MUS 141), and The World of Opera (MUS 163)—introduce a broad range of music and demonstrate how it is part of a vast social, political, and intellectual perspective. These courses also concentrate on the development of the non-musician's musical perceptions; students learn that the ability to understand and appreciate music, and even to participate in creative musical activity, is not the sole property of those with formal musical training. Non-majors are also encouraged to enroll in several of our courses in electronic music and music technology: Introduction to Electronic Music (MUS 047/147); Introduction to Computer Music (MUS 054/154); and Sound Techniques of Recording (MUS 161).

The Music Department also offers individual instruction in voice and most instruments—even for beginners—and various musical ensembles that attract the College community, including the Performance Collective, Vocal Jazz Improvisation, Gamelan, African Drumming, Music Improvisation, Mills Percussion Group, Contemporary Performance, and Early Music Ensembles.

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Contact Information

P: 510.430.2171
F: 510.430.3228
E: music@mills.edu

Last Updated: 3/17/14