The B.A. in music offers students the opportunity to study performance, composition, theory, and technology in a liberal arts setting.
History & Literature students take advanced music theory courses, seminars on individual composers (ranging from Bach to Duke Ellington), and lectures on music from particular historical eras (Baroque, blues, 20th century). They learn advanced music theory and have a strong emphasis on private lessons and performing ensembles each semester. The capstone requirement is a Senior Music History Project consisting of directed readings and research under a music history faculty member.
Audition and Declaring the Major
Students wishing to declare the music major concentration in Music History & Literature must first pass an entrance audition on an instrument or voice. In order to complete the major, all students must attain intermediate level on a single instrument or voice; must have or acquire piano skills sufficient to pass the piano proficiency examination; and must pass a junior standing examination, usually at the end of the sophomore year.