The concentration in Music integrates theory, history, ethnomusicology, technology, composition, and performance. Upon completing two foundational courses in theory and musicianship, concentrators have the flexibility to craft an intellectual pathway based on their particular interests and goals. The curriculum is supported by the Orwig Music Library, a state-of-the-art facility with holdings of over 40,000 books and scores and an equal number of sound and video recordings. Concentrators are encouraged to participate in one or more of the departmentally sponsored performing organizations: 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.
Students in this concentration will:
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Many concentrators in music complete significant creative projects as part of their normal concentration program. Students may earn Honors by applying in their senior year to do an independent project with a faculty sponsor in one of the following areas: a scholarly research project on a musicological or ethnomusicological topic; an acoustic or electronic composition project; a multimedia installation; or a performance project accompanied by pertinent research. Please visit the department's website for more information on the eligibility requirements for Honors.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Music alumni have entered a variety of industries, including sound design, graphic design, education, computer and video game design, clinical psychology. Many have become composers and have entered other area in the music industry. Concentrators in Music have also pursued careers in education, law, medicine, and business.
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