The music major is organized into seven concentrations, all of which provide a solid foundation in music history, theory, and practical musicianship, and which require a degree of specialization at the upper level in various areas of the field. Current concentrations in the major field include theory and composition, music history, performance, arts administration, computer music, jazz studies, and music and theatre. Students who wish to explore in depth areas that are not among the established concentrations are encouraged to investigate combining the music major with others in the college curriculum. (See Music in the Individualized Major.) Ordinarily, students may concentrate in only one area. Exceptions may be made upon petition to the department. Courses in the department in which writing proficiency in the major may be earned are MUS 260 and 349. Music majors may not audit applied music courses.

Concentrations

Concentration in Theory and Composition

For students who may wish to compose and are interested primarily in the materials and organization of music.
Requirements include:

  • Six credits of private instrumental or vocal lessons
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation, which include one semester of chorus and one semester chosen from the following ensembles: chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, jazz ensemble, or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, students may choose either to enroll for credit or audit.
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.) *
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.) *
  • MUS 392 - Senior Integrative Project in Music Theory and Composition (3 Cr.) or
  • The senior thesis

Six credits from

  • MUS 238 - Jazz Composition (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 229 - Composition Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 329 - Composition Seminar (3 Cr.)

Recommended:

  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement

Note: * Fulfills the writing proficiency requirement in the major.

Concentration in Music History

For students interested in the evolution of music in Western society and the ways musical traditions have developed.
Requirements include:

  • Six credits of private instrumental or voice lessons
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation, which include one semester of chorus and one semester chosen from the following ensembles: chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, jazz ensemble, or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, students may choose either to enroll for credit or audit.
  • MUS 104 - Introduction to World Music (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 108 - Introduction to the Opera (3 Cr.) or
  • MUS 109 - The History of Jazz (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 393 - Senior Integrative Project in Music History (3 Cr.) or
  • Senior thesis

Recommended:

  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement

Concentration in Performance – Audition required

For students whose talents and interests lie primarily in performing and who may be considering careers in teaching private instrumental or voice lessons, or for students who may be preparing for graduate study in performance at the conservatory or university level. Declaration of this concentration will require an audition before the department chair, the primary teacher and other faculty the department deems appropriate; contact the chair for further information. This audition is available for matriculated students who wish to declare the Performance concentration only; it is not part of the college's admissions process.
Requirements include:

  • 12 credits of private lessons on the principal instrument or voice
  • Four semesters of ensemble participation which include at least one semester of chorus. For the remaining three semesters, students may choose from chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, jazz ensemble, or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, students may choose either to enroll for credit in the ensemble organization or audit.
  • MUS 104 - Introduction to World Music (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 108 - Introduction to the Opera (3 Cr.) or
  • MUS 109 - The History of Jazz (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 391 - Senior Recital (1.5 Cr.)

Recommended:

  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement
  • MUS 191 - Student Recital (1.5 Cr.) and/or
  • MUS 291 - Junior Recital (1.5 Cr.) in preparation for MUS 391

Concentration in Arts Administration

For students who wish to develop a career that includes both the business management area of music and the art of music. Arts administration is a rapidly expanding field, and Goucher is in the forefront in developing an undergraduate concentration in this area. Students wishing to pursue the Arts Administration concentration should refer to the Business Management Department for more details.
Requirements include:

  • Six credits of private instrumental or voice lessons
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation, which include one semester of chorus and one semester chosen from the following ensembles: chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, jazz ensemble, or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, students may choose either to enroll for credit or audit.
  • BUS 110 - Principles of Accounting I (3 Cr.)
  • BUS 120 - Principles of Accounting II (3 Cr.)
  • BUS 170 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 Cr.)
  • BUS 229 - Marketing Management (3 Cr.)
  • BUS 270 - Case Studies in Arts Administration (3 Cr.)
  • BUS 375 - Strategic Leadership for the Arts Administrator (3 Cr.)
  • EC 101 - Principles of Economics: Micro (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 290 - Internship in Music (3-4 Cr.) *
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.)

Note:

* MUS 290 is a three-four credit internship in music as an integrative exercise in arts administration. With the approval of the department and the adviser in arts administration, the required college wide off-campus experience may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Recommended:

  • BUS 320 - Small Business Management (3 Cr.)
  • EC 102 - Principles of Economics: Macro (3 Cr.)
  • ENG 206 - Professional Communication (3 Cr.)
  • THE 105 - Speech (3 Cr.)

Concentration in Computer Music

For students who wish to explore careers that combine computer technology and the traditional musical arts.
Requirements include:

  • Six credits of private instrumental or vocal lessons
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation, which include one semester of chorus and one semester chosen from the following ensembles: chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, jazz ensemble or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, students may choose to either enroll for credit or audit.
  • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science (4 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 210 - Computer Music (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 213 - Multimedia: Computer Music and Digital Video (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 313 - Computer Music and Multimedia Seminar (1.5 OR 3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 394 - Senior Integrative Project in Computer Music (4 Cr.)

Note:

Students pursuing the computer music concentration must work in the computer music studio each semester for credit or audit through reenrollment in MUS 313. Without approval of the department, students may not take more than nine credit hours of MUS 313.
Recommended:

  • CS 224 - Principles of Programming Languages (3 Cr.)
  • CS 230 - Analysis of Computer Algorithms (4 Cr.)
  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement

Concentration in Jazz Studies

For students interested in the uniquely American musical idiom that arose from the African experience in the New World.
Requirements include:

  • 10.5 credits of private lessons on the principal instrument or voice and 1.5 credits of improvisation (MUS 223).
  • One semester of chorus (MUS 140). May be taken for credit or audit
  • MUS 140 - Goucher Chorus (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 109 - The History of Jazz (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 149 - Goucher Jazz Ensemble (1.5 Cr.) (either for credit or audit) every semester
  • MUS 152 - Jazz Theory I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249- Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 253- Jazz Theory Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 391 - Senior Recital (1.5 Cr.) or
  • MUS 396 - Senior Integrative Project in Jazz Studies (3 Cr.) or
  • The senior thesis

Recommended:

  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement

Concentration in Music and Theatre

For students who are interested in both music and theatre and whose academic and performing talents are best realized in the areas of musical theatre and opera
Requirements include:

  • Six credits of private voice lessons
  • Two semesters of ensemble participation, including at least one semester of chorus and one semester chosen from the following ensembles: chorus, chamber singers, chamber music, African drum and dance ensemble, opera workshop, baroque ensemble, or symphony. With the permission of the instructor, ensembles may be taken for credit or audit.
  • DAN 114 - Elementary Dance Technique I: Modern (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 105 - Music Theory I: Introduction to Tonal Practice (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 106 - Music Theory II: Homophonic Practice of the 18th and 19th Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 108 - Introduction to the Opera (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 113 - Technology for Musicians (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 115 - The Eras of Bach and Beethoven: The Monumental Baroque and the Classical Revolution (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 117 - Music and the Romantic Temperament (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 121 – Basic Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 126 - Basic Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 224- Advanced Musicianship (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV: 20th- and 21st-Century Practice and Advanced Analysis (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Seminar in Music History (3 Cr.)
  • THE 103 - Introduction to the Theatre (3 Cr.)
  • THE 120 - Acting I (3 Cr.)
  • THE 300 - Seminar in World Theatre and Drama (3 Cr.)
  • THE 390 - Senior Project Workshop/Senior Project Production (3/3 Cr. 4/4 Cr.) and
  • THE 391 - Senior Project Workshop/Senior Project Production (3/3 Cr. 4/4 Cr.) (to be taken as an integrative exercise combining music and theatre)

Recommended:

  • THE 140 - Theatre Production (3 Cr.)
  • THE 200 - 20th-Century Theatre (3 Cr.)
  • THE 228 - Expressive Use of Voice and Movement (3 Cr.)
  • THE 231 - Directing (4 Cr.)
  • Applied Piano, if keyboard skills need improvement

Music in the Individualized Major

Goucher's flexible program allows students with interdisciplinary interests to structure a major among three or more departments. The individualized major under the jurisdiction of the interdisciplinary division of the faculty (see discussion of the individualized major under requirements for the bachelor of arts degree). Although the curriculum of the major is determined through the student's discussion with a faculty sponsor and an interdisciplinary committee formed to evaluate each major curriculum, the Music Department suggests study at the lower level in each of the three component areas outlined in the description of the music minor. It is recommended that students interested in this major meet with the chair to discuss an appropriate course of study.