Music

The A.B. offered by the Music Department is a general degree, integrating theory, history, ethnomusicology, technology, composition and performance in a single, liberal concentration.

There are currently three tracks within the concentration: one that emphasizes theory, history and composition; another that emphasizes ethnomusicology; and a third that focuses on computer music and multimedia.

MUSC 0550 and 0560 are prerequisite for many upper-level music courses and are required for all three concentration tracks. These courses lay the foundation for an understanding of the structure of Western music, and develop the musicianship and keyboard skills expected of all concentrators. Students considering a concentration in Music should complete this sequence as early as possible, preferably by the end of sophomore year.

The Department of Music does not award course credit for Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses. Students may receive placement credit for MUCS 0550 and/or MUSC 0560, however. Students interested in placing out of MUSC 0550-0560 must take the theory placement test administered during the first class meeting of MUSC 0550 at the beginning of the fall semester. Each student who passes the test will consult with the director of the course to work out individual arrangements for placement credit.

Participation in one or more of the departmentally sponsored performing organizations is highly recommended: Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Chamber Music Performance, Electroacoustic Ensemble, Sacred Harp/Shape-Note Singing, Old-time String Band, Javanese Gamelan, or Ghanaian drumming.

All music courses—including performance courses—are open to all Brown students, provided that they have satisfied the prerequisites.

Concentration Requirements:

History/Theory/Composition Track:

Music Theory (2)

MUSC 0550 is offered every fall; 0560 is offered every spring.

History (2)

Any two of the three courses below are required; the third is optional.

Advanced Theory (2)

Any two advanced theory courses are required (in no particular order). 1020 and 1030 are usually offered every other fall, as are 1040 and 1050.

Advanced Musicianship (1)

MUSC 1010-1011 are required; each is worth 1/2 credit. (Prerequisite: 0560) 1010 is offered every fall; 1011 is offered every spring.

Ethnomusicology (1)

MUSC 1900 is a concentration requirement. 1900 is usually offered annually and should be taken before the senior year.

Electives (3)

Three upper-level courses are required (i.e., no course below MUSC 0570); 1600-level seminars are preferred. Up to two full Applied Music or ensemble credits (i.e., four semesters) may be applied to the concentration requirements.

Ethnomusicology Track:

Music Theory (2)

MUSC 0550 is offered every fall; 0560 is offered every spring.

Other Foundational Courses (2)

The two courses below are required. 1900 is usually offered annually and should be taken before the senior year.

History (2)

Any two of the three courses below are required; the third is optional.

Electives in Ethnomusicology (4)

Four additional courses in ethnomusicology numbered 1000 or higher are required. For a list of qualifying courses, see the Concentration Advisor.

Computer Music and Multimedia Track:

Music Theory (2)

MUSC 0550 is offered every fall; 0560 is offered every spring.

Computer Music Foundation (3)

Musicology/Ethnomusicology Elective (1)

One scholarly course numbered above MUSC 0900.

Other Electives (4)

Students must take four elective courses selected in any combination from the following groups:




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