Music

Elizabeth Shribman ‘10 MUSC-Elizabeth-Shribman
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Music

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The best thing about the music department is its size – because it is so small, it’s truly like a family and a home. It’s really easy to connect with both professors and other students, and I feel like I’ve developed relationships on a human level as well as an academic level with many of my music profs. The facilities are a bit questionable – there are not enough practice rooms, rehearsal rooms, or classrooms and the windowless basement-of-the-Hop location of the department makes for long days without seeing the sun.

Important info for potential majors:

If you’re thinking about being a music major, start taking the intro level/prerequisite classes as early on in your Dartmouth career as you can. The fact that it’s a small department means that some classes are offered only once a year or once every two years, and if you have your prerequisites out of the way you’ll have a lot more flexibility to take the courses you need and the courses you’re interested in.

Talk to me if:

You’re unsure about being a music major at Dartmouth. Dartmouth obviously is not a performing arts school, and it can be a difficult choice to commit to a non-conservatory music education at a liberal arts school. Also talk to me with questions about courses, performance, and the Dartmouth Symphony.

Most valuable academic info learned:

The more you put in to the music department, the more you’ll get out of it. This goes for coursework, relationships with profs and students, and performance and extracurriculars. It’s a small department, but there are definitely plenty of opportunities if you seek them out. Also, go to office hours and get help if you need to clarify something – the profs are all very willing to meet with you.

Favorite class and professor:

I’ve loved so many of my music courses, but my favorites were probably Music 32 (Early Baroque Through Beethoven) and Music 33 (Early Romanticism to the Late Twentieth Century), both with Professor Scott Paulin. I am very interested in the history of music, and Professor Paulin’s classes were both demanding and very engaging. I also highly recommend the special topics course, Music 36 – I took it in 06F as Shostakovich and in 09W as Nationalism in Music.

Major classes taken:

MUS 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 20, 21, 22, 29, 30, 32, 33, 36, 40, 50, 70, 87 (all old course numbers from before the 2009-2010 curriculum change)

Major journey:

Before I came to Dartmouth, I was fairly sure that I was going to be a history major. But freshman fall, I ended up taking two music courses and loved them both. By the end of the third week of the term, I knew I wanted to be a music major. Since then, music has taken on increasing importance in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to be studying something I love so much.

Major-specific activities:

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra (violinist and manager), chamber music, violin lessons, part-time music department administrative assistant, piano lessons

Thesis status:

Potential – Dvorak and Czech nationalism in music

Other activities:

Programming Board, SEAD, DOC trip leader

Off-campus program:

Music FSP in London, 08S

Internship experience:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, administrative intern, 09W, Pittsburgh PA
League of American Orchestras, Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar, 09W, New York
Classical WQED FM 89.3, intern, end of 07X, Pittsburgh PA

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Emma Alexander ‘10 MUSC-EmmaAlexander
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Music

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

I really like the small size of the department; there are so many opportunities for individual attention.  I also like the individual instruction program, and the quality of the performance groups.  However, I wish that the department wasn’t buried in the basement of the Hop, and that there were more practice rooms.

Important info for potential majors:

Try to think about what you want from the music major right away, so that you can plan out your schedule and take as many of the classes that interest you as possible.  Because of the size of the department, every music class isn’t offered every term, so you have to plan ahead.

Talk to me if:

You’re a singer or have questions about the performance aspect of the major.

Most valuable academic info learned:

If you are writing an essay on a topic you haven’t had much experience with, it’s a good idea to ask the professor for guidance.  They can point you to the most helpful sources and make sure you don’t have holes in your research.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite music class was Music 36 in Winter 08, which was on Verdi’s operas.  Having such a specific topic on one very influential composer enabled us to learn the material in depth, and that made it so much more interesting than the general overview one gets in the typical music history class.

Major classes taken:

MUS 15, 20, 21, 29, 30, 36, 37, 40, 50, 87

Major journey:

Majoring in music wasn’t so much a decision as a gradual realization that music was where I felt most at home.  I started out leaning towards music, after so many years of piano, choir, and band, and everything I’ve learned since then has only made me more excited about the field.

Major-specific activities:

Glee Club, voice lessons, music library assistant

Thesis status:

I plan to have a voice recital, with a supporting paper.

Other activities:

Sing Dynasty Musical Director; comic strip for The Dartmouth

Off-campus program:

Italian LSA+ in Rome, 07F
Music FSP in London, 09S

sliderPen Vineyard ‘11 MUSC-PenVineyard
F09-S10 D-plan: L-R-R
Music, Geography Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

It is a really small department, which is probably my favorite and least favorite thing about it. It is very personal and the classes are really small, which is a plus. But because it is small, course offerings are few. You spend a lot of time in the basement of the Hop, which is dark and depressing at times.

Important info for potential majors:

The major has just been restructured. It used to be incredibly demanding, and now it has been reduced to around 11 credits. Many components have been eliminated, so it is now more accessible to students who might have less of a music background.

Talk to me if:

You are a vocalist, or interested in the major less for performance and/or more for musicology.

Most valuable academic info learned:

The profs are amazing and want to work with you one and one, so take advantage of that.

Favorite class and professor:

I am taking Counterpoint right now with Bob Duff. It has been very challenging, with tough dictations, and a lot of theory. Bob is tough, but he wants everyone to do well.

Major classes taken:

MUS 5, 15, 21, 33, 40 (Old numberings, to be replaced in the summer)

Major journey:

Unlike most of the music majors, I had comparatively little musical background–I was musical younger, but not in high school. But I started taking classes and enjoyed them so much that I just decided to stick with it. No regrets yet.

Major-specific activities:

Presidential Scholar under Steve Swayne, Glee Club member

Thesis status:

No plans yet, but I am considering pursuing a thesis.

Other activities:

Dartmouth Cords, Sig Ep, DOC and Trips, Bike and Build, Project Preservation

Off-campus program:

Spanish LSA Puebla 09W