Department of Music

Major & Minor—Degree Requirements

Summary

Completion of the Rochester Curriculum.

Music Theory: MUR 111, 112, 211, 212

Musicianship: MUR 109 (if needed), 113, 114, 115
Music concentrators normally begin their musicianship work with MUR 113. At the discretion of the faculty member supervising musicianship courses, a student can be directed to begin with another course.

Music History: MUR 221, 222, 223, 224

Ensemble: Participation in one or more faculty-directed ensembles sponsored by the College Music Department: Men's Glee Club, Women's Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir, Rock Repertory Ensemble, West African Drumming, Percussion Ensemble, Gamelan. Concentrators are encouraged to participate in one or more ensembles beyond the minimum requirement, although no more than 8 credits can be applied toward the degree. Concentrators can also participate in Chamber Ensembles, but credits earned will not count toward fulfillment of the ensemble requirement.

Private Instruction: Studio instruction at the Eastman School of Music.
Minimum standards of proficiency are established by the various Eastman departments, and B.A. concentrators are strongly encouraged to continue their private study beyond the required number of semesters. No more than 16 credits can be applied toward the degree.

Music Electives: Credits may be chosen from any MUR course numbered 120 or higher and/or Eastman courses numbered 200 or higher (except Eastman MHS 421-6). Unless stated otherwise in the requirements for the track, no ensemble or private instruction credits may be included.

Keyboard Skills: students must demonstrate keyboard facility prior to graduation either by completing MUR 116 and 117, or by passing the equivalent proficiency test for each course.

Minimum Graduation Requirement: 128 hours 

Note: Music concentrators must maintain a 2.0 average in the theory and history courses.

Requirements for the Major

A concentration in music (63-73 credits) will include these core requirements:

  • Music Theory - 16 credits; MUR 111, 112, 211, 212
  • Musicianship - 2-6 credits; MUR 109, 113, 114, 115
  • Music History - 20 credits; MUR 221, 222, 223, 224
  • Keyboard Skills- 4 credits; MUR 116, 117

Basic Track: core requirements plus 4 semesters studio lessons, 4 semesters ensemble, 8 elective credits (not lessons or ensembles). 63 credits total.

Composition Track: core requirements plus 4 semesters studio lessons or composition instruction, 4 semesters ensembles, and 12 credits of composition and/or theory electives. 67 credits total.

History/Theory Track: core requirements plus 2 semesters of studio lessons, 4 semesters ensembles, and 12 credits of electives in history and/or theory. 63 credits total.

Music in World Cultures Track: core requirements plus 2 semesters of studio lessons, 2 semesters world music ensemble, 2 semesters of ensemble of student's choice, MUR 121 (or equivalent 6MHS course), Intro to Ethnomusicology, and 4 elective credits of anthropologically-oriented courses. 63 credits total.

Musical Theater Track: core requirements plus 4 semesters studio voice lessons, 2 semesters ensembles, MUR 133, 233, 135, and 4 credits of electives. 69 credits total.

Performance Track: core requirements plus at least 6 semesters (16 credits) studio lessons, 6 semesters ensembles, and 8 elective credits which may include additional studio instruction and ensembles. 73 credits total.

Popular Music/Jazz Track: core requirements plus 2 semesters studio instruction, 4 semesters ensembles, and 12 elective credits in popular music courses. 63 credits total.

Audio and Music Engineering Track: core requirements plus 2 semesters studio instruction, 4 semesters ensembles, and 12 elective credits in audio/music engineering courses. 63 credits total.

In accordance with University policy, no more than 80 credit hours may be taken in a student's concentration. Although the requirements of the concentration in music can be met in three years, any student who is considering a music concentration is urged to begin the Music Theory sequence in the fall semester of the freshman year. The theory placement exam is given during summer orientation. Students with limited background in music who do not qualify for MUR 111 (Theory I) will be asked to enroll in MUR 110 (Introduction to Music Theory) during the freshman year.

Requirements for the Minor

28 credits are required, with 12 of those credits specifically designated:

  • Music Theory - 8 credits; MUR 111, MUR 112
  • Introduction to Music History: Style and Genre - 4 credits; MUR 134

The remaining 16 credits are to be chosen from among MUR courses numbered 109, 113 or higher, and/or ESM courses numbered 200 or higher. No more than 8 credits can be derived from studio instruction or ensembles combined.