Requirements

Concentration in Music Theory and History Concentration in Performance Musical Theatre Minor Liturgical Music Ministry Minor

Advising

Students interested in majoring or minoring in music meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and will be assigned a faculty adviser.  Prior to registering for classes each semester, they will meet with their advisor to discuss which courses to take to make progress toward the major as well as meeting University and College requirements.

Requirements

Majors

Students In A Music Classroom Listening To A Lecture

The music major offers a choice between two concentrations: theory/history or performance. The two concentrations overlap significantly: for example, students in the Performance concentration must complete a comprehensive sequence of courses in music theory and history, and students in the Theory/History concentration are encouraged, although not required, to take lessons on an instrument or in voice.

Each of the two concentrations also offers an honors option for outstanding students intending to pursue graduate study in music after graduation. Acceptance into the honors track is by invitation of the faculty during the spring semester of the sophomore year.

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 core curriculum art & literature requirement)
  •  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
  • 12 elective credits in music theory, music history, music composition, and ethnomusicology at the 30,000 level or higher: 12 credits
  • Honors in Music Theory and History requires an additional 3 elective credits in music theory, history, composition, 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

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 core curriculum art & literature requirement)
  • 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
  • 6 elective credits in music theory, music history, music composition, 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 an additional 3 elective credits in music theory, history, composition, 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.

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 each semester. Please contact Daniel Schlosberg to schedule.**

Minors

Musical theatre minor

Students will have the ability to take classes that are aligned with their interests. This will be a 5 course 15 credit minor.  There will not be a set track for this Minor. The purpose of a non-track minor is to engage the student who has multiple interests in Musical Theatre. Some students will structure their program around singing and acting, but others around songwriting, or work as conductor/impresario, or stage directing, or scholarship, etc. Admission to introductory classes will not be based on performance ability.

Learn more about the musical theatre minor

Liturgical music ministry minor

This minor exists for students who want to be well-informed lay leaders in their congregations, have a deeper understanding of the music they may play or sing as it unfolds within their own prayer lives, and graduate with a stronger sense of the theological and historical meanings of sacred repertory in its liturgical contexts.

Note: For students pursuing the LMM minor, Theo 20401, “Church and Worship,” is recommended to fulfill the second Theology requirement in the Core Curriculum.

*The Music Department will offer up to two (2) credits of Eligible Music Lessons free of charge to students enrolled in the Liturgical Music Ministry Minor. Any Lessons beyond this two-credit threshold are available for the standard per-semester fee. Please contact the Music Department and/or the LMMM Student Advisor for more details.

Administered through and situated in the Department of Theology

Learn more about the liturgical ministry minor

Student Advisor: Anthony Pagliarini

Questions?

Please contact:

Daniel Schlosberg
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: dschlosb@nd.edu