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Professors: B. Lawing, Lerner, Stasack 
Associate Professors: Botelho (Chair), Keith
Artist Associates: Black, Culpepper, Fried, Gilliam, C. Lawing, Thornton

Distribution Requirements

For students entering before 2012 the following courses satisfy the Fine Arts distribution requirement: All music courses numbered 100 and above, with the exception of Applied Music (155, 255, 256, 355) and Independent Study.

For students entering 2012 or after, course assignments are being made on an ongoing basis.  The following courses will satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts category: 101, 110, 121, 122, 141, 201, 202, 221, 222, 223, 228, 232, 233, 241, 245, 246, 261, 262.  The following courses will satisfy the Historical Thought category: 325, 328.

Cultural Diversity Requirement

Music 141, 241, 242, 245, 246, and 263 are options for fulfilling the cultural diversity requirement.

Major Requirements

Ten courses to include: 

  1. Music 110;
  2. two courses in music theory: 202, 302;
  3. two courses in music history: 325, 328;
  4. one elective each from U.S. (122, 228, 232, 233) and world music (141, 241, 242, 245, 246, 263);
  5. two additional electives numbered above 202 (with the exception of 255, 256, 355);
  6. senior seminar: 401.

All majors are required to be enrolled in applied lessons (MUS 55, 155, 255, 256, 355) continuously while declared and in residence.

(For majors declaring Fall 2013 or later) All majors are required to be enrolled in an ensemble (MUS 10, 11, 12, or 13) continuously while declared and in residence.

All majors are required to pass a keyboard proficiency exam by the end of the Fall semester of their senior year.

Minor Requirements

Six courses total,

  1. four from Music 101 or 201, 121, 122, 141;
  2. two electives at the 200 level or higher; and
  3. at least two semesters of ensemble participation or two semesters of applied lessons.

Honors Requirements

The departmental honors program encourages the attainment of excellence in the major. Please consult the department’s “Handbook for Music Majors, Music Minors, Applied Music Students and Award Recipients” for specific details and expectations regarding each of the above requirements. The Handbook can be found at

Rationale for Course Numbering

All courses numbered below 100 are Pass/Fail and do not carry academic credit.

100-level courses are broad, introductory surveys that have no prerequisites nor require any previous musical training. One course, MUS 110: Exploring Music, serves as a prerequisite for the Music History sequence.

200-level courses are typically less broad in scope, focus on a particular style, genre, or musical culture, and, in a few cases, may require a prerequisite or previous musical training.

300-level courses are advanced courses, typically designed for music majors and requiring one or more prerequisite courses.

400-level courses are seminars for upper class majors.

Music Courses

Vocal and Instrumental Study

    Vocal and instrumental studies are offered as follows:

     Bassoon - Joshua Hood

     Cello - Alan Black

     Clarinet - John Sadak

     Contrabass: Classical - Jeff Ferdon

     Contrabass: Jazz - Dustin Hofsess

     Flute - Amy Orsinger Whitehead

     Guitar: Classical - Robert Teixeira 

     Guitar: Folk, Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle - Jon Singleton

     Guitar: Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz - Dustin Hofsess

     Harp - Staff

     Harpsichord - Neil Lerner

     Horn - Frank Portone

     Oboe - Erica Cice

     Organ - Staff

     Percussion - Adam Snow

     Percussion: Non-Western - Adam Snow

     Piano: Classical - William Fried, Cynthia Lawing

     Piano: Jazz - Lovell Bradford

     Saxophone - Tim Gordon

     Trombone - John Bartlett

     Trumpet - William Lawing

     Tuba - Geoffrey Whitehead

     Violin, Viola - Staff

     Voice - Jacquelyn Culpepper, Diane Thornton

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