Curriculum: 2017-2018

All courses are year long except those listed (F) = Fall/First semester or (S) = Spring/Second semester

I. Individual Instruction (Composition, Piano, Voice, Instrument)

IIa. Theory and Composition
Required for all students; entry level determined by diagnostic exam:

  • Theory I: Materials of Music (required)
  • Theory II: Basic Tonal Theory and Composition (required), taken along with Survey of Western Music
  • One of the following Advanced Theory* courses is required after Theory II:
    • Advanced Theory: Advanced Tonal Theory and Analysis
    • Advanced Theory: Jazz Theory and Harmony
    • Advanced Theory: Orchestration and Score Study
    • Advanced Theory: Twentieth-Century Theoretical Approaches: Post-Tonal and Rock Music

*Note: With Advanced Theory, it is required to take either a year-long seminar or two semester-long seminars in music history, which include Jazz History; Cross Cultural Listening (fall); Music, Mind, and Meaning: the Perception and Cognition of Music (fall); The Modern Spring Quartet: Evolutions and Styles (fall); Ecomusicology: Music, Activism, and Climate Change (spring); The Modern Symphony: Evolutions and Styles (spring); Monteverdi to Monteverdi (spring).

  • Sight Reading and Aural Skills
    • Hearing and Singing (required)
    • Sight Reading for Instrumentalists
  • Compositional Techniques
    • Twentieth-Century Compositional Techniques
  • Music Technology:
    • Introduction to Electronic Music and Music Technology
    • Recording, Sequencing, and Mastering Electronic Music
    • Studio Composition and Music Technology

IIb. Music History Courses

  • Survey of Western Music (required with Theory II)
  • Jazz History
  • Cross Cultural Listening (F)
  • Music, Mind, and Meaning: the Perception and Cognition of Music (F)
  • The Modern String Quartet: Evolutions and Styles (F)
  • Ecomusicology: Music, Activism, and Climate Change (S)
  • The Modern Symphony: Evolutions and Styles (S)
  • Monteverdi to Monteverdi (S)

III. Performance Classes

  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Ensembles and Classes:
    • The Blues Ensemble
    • Jazz Colloquium
    • Jazz Performance and Improvisation Workshop
    • Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • Voice Classes:
    • Jazz Vocal Seminar
    • Self Discovery Through Singing
    • Seminar in Vocal Performance
    • So This is Opera?
    • Studio Class
  • World Music Ensembles:
    • African Classics of the Post-Colonial Era (F)
    • Gamelan Angklung Chandra Buana (F)
    • West African Percussion Ensemble Faso Foli (S)
  • Other Ensembles and Classes:
    • Awareness Through Movement™ for Musicians
    • Baroque Ensemble (S)
    • Bluegrass Performance Ensemble (S)
    • Chamber Music
    • Chamber Music Improvisation (F)
    • Evolution of a Performance (S)
    • Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (F)
    • Guitar Class
    • Guitar Ensemble
    • Keyboard Lab
    • Senior Recital (S)
    • Violin Masterclass

IV. Concert Attendance/Music Tuesdays Requirement

V. Lectures and seminars offered to the College community that constitutes one-third of a student's total program with conferences

  • Lecture: Cross Cultural Listening (F)
  • Seminar: Music, Mind, and Meaning: the Perception and Cognition of Music (F)
  • Seminar: Ecomusicology: Music, Activism, and Climate Change (S)