The concentration in music is designed to encourage students to expand their abilities in all dimensions of music, allowing them to intensify their involvement in performance, composition, or musicology, while introducing them to a wider musical and cultural context.
The student concentrating in music is expected to attain a level of proficiency in score reading and a basic understanding of theoretical concepts, as well as to develop a concrete grasp of a performance tradition through active participation on a musical instrument or voice. From this platform, the students explore their particular musical interests—intensively through a series of activities or courses that require increasingly sophisticated musical skill or intellectual insight, and extensively through exposure to varied repertory, materials, and approaches. Students are expected to choose a group of courses that broaden and diversify their concept of the field and that connect to related disciplines. Each student’s creativity and point of view is considered integral to endeavors in this concentration.
Students with a concentration in music may enter into fields such as arts management, music publishing, production, writing, and education.
Students who concentrate in music may choose to focus in one of these five areas: Cultural and Historical Studies; Composition and Theory; Jazz Performance and Literature; Electronic Music; Performance and Theory. Other theoretically coherent groupings of courses may be designed by the student in consultation with the Moderation Committee. The minimum needed to fulfill the concentration requirements is 18 credits.
Students intending to concentrate in music must complete the following: six credits for Theory I and Theory II (required of all concentrations), four credits for Theory III (required of all concentrations), Four credits (semesters) of performing activity consisting of two semesters of private lessons and two semesters of performing organization (Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Madrigal Group, Collegium), and 10 credits from a core area (see below).