Undergraduate Majors

The Department of Music offers two concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts Music Major: the Concentration in Music Theory and History and the Concentration in Performance.  

Concentration in Music Theory and History

The requirements for a 33-credit major with a concentration in Theory and History are as follows:

  •  Introduction to Harmony and Voice Leading (Theory I): 0 credits for major (Prerequisite course; 3 credits count as University elective)
  •  Advanced Harmony and Voice Leading (Theory II): 3 credits
  • Chromatic Harmony (Theory III): 3 credits
  • Twentieth-Century Music: Structure and Style (Theory/History IV): 3 credits
  • Musicianship Labs (to be taken concurrently with Theory I-III): 3 credits
  • History I-III: 9 credits
  • Four 3-credit electives in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology at the 30,000 level or higher: 12 credits
  • Honors in Music Theory and History requires one additional elective in music theory, history, or ethnomusicology at the 30,000 level or higher: 3 credits
  • Honors in Music Theory and History requires a Senior Thesis, under the supervision of a faculty advisor: 3 credits

Advising Sheet Theory


Concentration in Performance

The requirements for a 42-credit major with a concentration in Performance are as follows

  • Studio Lessons in the freshman year (minimum 1 credit each for 2 semesters: 2 credits
  • Studio Lessons in the sophomore through senior years (Advanced Performance Studio): 2-credits per semester = 12 credits
  • Introduction to Harmony and Voice Leading (Theory I): 0 credits for major (Prerequisite course; 3 credits count as University elective)
  • Advanced Harmony and Voice Leading (Theory II): 3 credits
  • Chromatic Harmony (Theory III): 3 credits
  • Twentieth-Century Music: Structure and Style (Theory/History IV): 3 credits
  • Musicianship Labs (to be taken concurrently with Theory I-III): 0 credits for major
  • History I-III: 9 credits
  • Two 3-credit electives in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology at the 30,000 level or higher: 6 credits
  • Three additional elective credits in music: 3 credits
 
  • Six semesters of departmental ensemble participation: 0 credits for major
  • Honors in Performance requires one additional elective in music theory, history, or ethnomusicology at the 30,000 level or higher: 3 credits
  • All Performance concentrators must present a Senior Recital: 1 credit

* Honors in Performance requires two additional credits of advanced performance study
* Honors Performance concentrators must present a Junior Recital: 1 credit
* All Performance concentrators must present a jury performance during each spring semester, evaluated by the faculty, unless a degree recital is presented in that semester.

Performance Advising Sheet

Note: For the Musicianship requirement, those students who demonstrate sufficient skill levels in a proficiency exam (to be administered every fall semester) may be waived from one or more of these courses, with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
 **The Musicianship placement exam is administered during the first week of of each semester. Please contact Daniel Schlosberg to schedule.**

Questions?

Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies John Blacklow: jblacklow@nd.edu

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