The music major is divided into two areas Core requirements and Electives, 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. Students who wish to combine the music major with others in the college curriculum should see Music in the Individualized Major.  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.

Core Requirements

  • 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 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 - Musicianship I (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 205 - Music Theory III: Counterpoint (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 223 - Improvisation (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 226 - Musicianship II (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 228 - Keyboard Harmony (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 241 - Conducting (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 306 - Music Theory IV; 20th and 21st Centuries (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - Classical Style and Beethoven (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 140-149 - Ensembles, (0-4.5 Cr.)  Three-semesters ensemble participation (on either a credit or audit basis)
  • MUS 160-188 - Private Lessons, (6 Cr.)  There is no fee for one course of private instruction per semester for declared majors.

Electives 

  • MUS 104 - Introduction to World Music (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 108 - Intro to Opera (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 109 - The History of Jazz (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 210 - Computer Music (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 213 - Music and Video (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 223 - Improvisation (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 329 - Composition Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 238 - Jazz Composition (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 249 - 20th & 21st Century (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 291 or 391 -  Recital (1.5 Cr.)
  • MUS 313 - Computer Music Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 329 - Composition Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 353 - Jazz Theory (3Cr.)
  • MUS 360 - History Seminar (3 Cr.)
  • MUS 391 - Senior Recital (4 Cr.)
  • MUS 392 - Senior Integrative project:  Theory & Composition (4 Cr.)
  • MUS 393 - Senior Integrative Project:  Music History (4 Cr.)
  • MUS 394 -Senior Integrative Project: Computer Music (4 Cr.)
  • MUS 396 - Senior Integrative Project: Jazz Studies (4 Cr.)

 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 (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.)

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.