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The Department of Music is committed to teaching the discipline of music through its interrelated subdisciplines (music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, and composition) in the context of a liberal arts curriculum. The Department of Music strives to create a learning environment that encourages the intellectual and personal development of student and teacher alike; we do so by integrating the transmission of knowledge with original research, composition, and performance. The department’s course offerings represent a standing commitment to the study of diverse musical styles and the musics of many cultures. At the same time, we also recognize the vital importance of teaching the traditions that have historically informed the practice of music in the United States and Europe.
All music ensembles may be repeated for credit. Although students may take as many credits as they wish of ensemble courses, a maximum of 14 credits may be applied toward the 120 credits required for a degree by those not majoring in Music.
Students may register for 1 or 2 credits of individual instruction in music. Credits for lessons may be earned at any of four levels (10-, 20-, 30-, or 40-). Students at the beginning level may not sign up for more than one credit per semester. There is a fee for applied music lessons, including group lessons. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the fee is $400 per credit hour. This fee is non-refundable after the add/drop period, and students will be charged a pro-rated fee, equal to 1/12 of the Applied Music fee, for each lesson a student receives from an Applied Faculty instructor prior to dropping an Applied Music course. All music lessons except musicianship (M10-40) satisfy the GER 6 requirement, so long as at least 2 credits of instruction are in a single performance area (that is, lessons in voice or in one particular instrument, and also in one vocal or instrumental style if the department offers more than one category). Students cannot satisfy the GER 6 requirement, for example, by taking one credit each of beginning oboe and beginning guitar, or one credit each of jazz piano and classical piano. Although students may take as many credits of applied music lessons as they wish, a maximum of 14 credits may be applied toward the 120 credits required for a degree by those not majoring in Music.
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