Programs

Major in Music

A music major selects one of three tracks—performance, theory/composition, or music history & culture.  Each track requires the completion of 42 credit hours and includes 101 (or 151), 260 (with the prerequisite of 103 or 104), and 301.  All majors must pass a comprehensive examination on the history and theory of music.  There are also performance, ensemble, and elective requirements tailored to each track.

The music performance track requires 18 hours of performance, split between 12 hours of applied lessons (including 470, the senior recital) and 6 hours in ensemble and/or chamber music.  Besides 301 (mentioned above), another course in music history is also required (212 or 213), along with one elective in either theory/composition or music history & culture.

The theory/composition track requires, beyond 260 (mentioned above), another course in theory (360) plus two electives in theory/composition.  This track also requires two courses in music history (212 and 213) and 6 hours of performance, split between 2 hours of applied lessons, and 4 hours in ensemble and/or chamber music.

The music history & culture track requires, beyond 301 (mentioned above), two more courses in music history (212 and 213), along with two electives in music history & culture. This track also requires another course in theory (360) beyond 260 (mentioned above), and 6 hours of performance, split between 2 hours of applied lessons, and 4 hours in ensemble and/or chamber music.

Music majors demonstrate proficiency at the keyboard with satisfactory completion of 104, 271, 273, 371, or 373.
Students seeking departmental honors must achieve at least a 3.25 average in music courses, contribute to the musical life of Sewanee, and complete a project or thesis deemed worthy of honors by the Music faculty.

Music majors are advised that German, French, and Italian are the most useful languages in music research and are encouraged to fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking any two of these languages through the second-year level.