(a minimum of 42 semester course credits)
Each student chooses courses from the areas of study below.
Music and Culture
(a minimum of 20 semester course credits)
And 4 semester course credits in electives.
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 allow students to become culturally informed and active participants 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.
Core courses in the non-major curriculum, such as Exploring Music: Performance, Creation, and Cultural Practice (MUS 001), Musics of the World (MUS 014/015), Women, Gender, and Musical Creativity (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 music 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, Haitian Drumming, Music Improvisation, the Mills Percussion Group, Contemporary Performance, and Early Music Ensembles.
Faculty and Staff
Full Course List
Music Course List
Schedule of Courses for
the Current Semester
Activities & Resources
Center for Contemporary Music
Musicnow: Concert Series/Songlines
The Pond: Online Radio
Go To: Graduate Music