Programs of Study

The Department of Music offers music majors the choice of two concentrations, one with a focus on Theory and History and another in Performance.

Each concentration offers an Honors option for students intending to pursue professional study in the field after graduation. These students should also continue to study at least one non-native language beyond the College’s language requirement.

All concentrations have requirements beyond the course work. These may include recitals, ensembles and juries. Attendance and assistance at music events each semester are required.

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Preparing for the Music Major

Undergraduates at Notre Dame may not formally declare their major until their sophomore year. However, it is important for potential music majors to begin their musical studies during their first year, particularly Theory I and II, Musicianship I and II, ensembles and lessons. Before starting first-year classes, all interested students should indicate to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the First Year of Studies, and the Chair of the Department of Music their intent to major in music.

Students considering the music major should contact the department as early as possible. This is especially important if studying abroad is anticipated.

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Departmental Juries

During the second semester of their first year, students will have a departmental audition. A decision, based on the student's academic and musical accomplishments up to that time, will then be made regarding the specialization the student should pursue. Factors including talent, motivation, performance capability, and academic record will be considered toward the final determination of the specialization.

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