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Chair: Theodore Levin

Professors J. H. Appleton, M. K. Casey, T. C. Levin, M. P. O’Neal, S. Pinkas; Associate Professors K. Dong, L. Polansky, W. J. Summers, S. Swayne; Senior Lecturers T. E. Atherton, N. V. Boyer, L. G. Burkot, M. L. Cassidy, J. Diamond, T. C. Haunton, G. M. Hayes, E. C. Mellinger, J. D. Muratore, D. R. Newsam, A. Ogle, J. E. Polk, A. F. Princiotti; Lecturers N. B. Armstrong, D. J. Baldini, E. Carroll, R. P. Duff, J. Dunlop, J. Halloran, S. D. Paulin, D. F. Perkins, D. E. Weiser; Visiting Professor C. M. Dodge; Adjunct Associate Professor H. F. Shabazz; Adjunct Assistant Professor F. L. Haas.

Directors of Hopkins Center performing organizations: R. P. Duff, Conductor, Handel Society and Dartmouth Chamber Singers; L. G. Burkot Jr., Conductor, Dartmouth College Glee Club; A. F. Princiotti, Conductor, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra; D. M. Glasgo, Director, Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble; H. F. Shabazz, Director, World Music Percussion Ensemble; M. C. Culpepper, Director, Dartmouth Wind Symphony and Dartmouth College Marching Band; W. L. Cunningham, Director, Dartmouth College Gospel Choir.


Prerequisite: Music 5, 10 and 51. Students enrolled in Music 11 are automatically exempt from Music 10. Prospective majors should complete Music 5 before the end of the sophomore year. It is also recommended that students begin fulfillment of the Performance and Musicianship Requirement as early as possible (see below). Students who have had previous musical training and who anticipate majoring in music are strongly encouraged to exempt themselves from Music 5 and Music 10 by passing the appropriate Department test administered at the beginning of each term. Information on the testing schedule is available from the Music Department office.


1. Eleven courses, exclusive of those prerequisite, as follows:

a) Theory: Music 20, 21, and 22.

b) History and Literature courses: Music 31, 32, 33, and 40.

c) Culminating Experience seminar: Music 85 (“The Music of Today”).

d) Three courses, not to include Music 11-16, with the written approval of the major’s departmental adviser, which establish a focus for the student’s major. Note: Music 85 may not be used as one of the three courses establishing a focus for the major.

2. Performance and Musicianship Requirement:

a) Three terms of participation in a Performance Laboratory.

b) One course (three terms) of instrumental or vocal instruction (Music 11-16). Majors and minors have priority for instruction and should make their status known at the audition. Majors or minors who do not elect Music 11 must demonstrate a basic level of proficiency on keyboard instruments by passing a keyboard proficiency examination.

c) One term of advanced instruction in instrumental or vocal music, or in conducting (Music 70-76), or another three terms of Performance Laboratory (Music 50), or another three terms of instrumental or vocal instruction at the level of Music 11-16.


Prerequisite: Music 5 and 6.

Required courses: Six music courses, exclusive of those prerequisite: Theory and Composition: Music 20, plus one of the following: Music 19, 21, or 22. History and Literature: Music 32, 33, and Music 40, plus one additional music course not to include Music 10-16. Four courses from another department.

Performance and Musicianship: Same as major (2 above).


Required courses: Music 5, 6, and 20. One of the following: Music 4, 40. And two of: Music 8, 31-38.

An alternate focus within the minor may be proposed through petition to the faculty.

Performance and Musicianship Requirement: Participation in three terms of Performance Laboratory for credit and three terms of individual instruction in voice or instrument (Music 11-16), or Music 70-76.


In the Department of Music, the Honors thesis requirement (Music 88) may be fulfilled by any of the following:

1) An Honors thesis.

2) A recital and supporting paper.

3) A musical composition and supporting paper.

A paper submitted in support of a performance or a composition should be regarded as the equivalent of a term paper, with an analytical, historical, or interpretive focus related to the performance or composition. An Honors thesis should demonstrate a high standard of analytical and research skills. The student is responsible for obtaining the Department’s honors guidelines and meeting all criteria and deadlines.

To qualify for Honors, the student must have at least a 3.3 grade average in Music, in addition to the college G.P.A. requirement.


Offered every year, the Music Foreign Study Program provides a unique oppor-tunity for students to combine the study of music with an intensive exposure to musical performance. The program is open to vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers, as well as to students whose focus is on music history, theory, or ethnomusicology. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Selection will be based on a student’s interest in music as demonstrated by past study and performance ability.

Prerequisite: Music 5, with Music 20 recommended, plus one music history course. Also, two terms of a Music Department Performance Laboratory (Music 50), or one contract of individual instruction (Music 11-16).



The field of electro-acoustic music requires knowledge and skills in music, computer science, engineering or physics, as well as some significant expertise in one or more of these disciplines. In addition to music, graduate students in our program may bring to bear experience in other, widely diverse fields (such as visual art, philosophy, mathematics, etc.). Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts program typically hold one of the following degrees, together with relevant experience:

Music: A bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience and demonstrated accomplishment in musical composition and/or performance.

Computer Science: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience. This might include knowledge of applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, or related areas of science and engineering.

Engineering Sciences or Physics: A bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences or physics, or equivalent experience. This could include knowledge of acoustics, digital electronics and microprocessors, techniques of modeling and analyzing systems, or general hardware design.

Music Cognition: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field.

Proven excellence or demonstrated potential in some other field, in preparation for advanced work in electro-acoustic music.

Regardless of a student’s area of specialization within the program, the requirements for completion of the Master of Arts Degree in Electro-Acoustic Music include:

1. A minimum of seven terms in residence.

2. Demonstrated experience and expertise on an acoustic musical instrument; an understanding of Western music theory that includes four-part harmony, modulation, and form and analysis; a knowledge of musical styles that includes the music of the world’s peoples, twentieth-century art music, American popular music and traditional Western art music.

3. Enrollment in the Proseminars in Music and Technology (Music 101-105), given each term, for a total of 7 graduate seminars. Students generally take each Proseminar at least once, Composition (Music 104), twice.

4. A number of electives in different disciplines (as well as music), including, but not limited to engineering, psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics. The electives and the specific courses in computer science and engineering will depend on the student’s background and area of specialization within the program. Electives may be used to remedy deficiencies in mathematics, computer science, engineering or music.

5. Directed research (thesis courses). Two courses (Music 138) taken under the joint supervision of a member of the music faculty and a member of another cooperating department.

6. A thesis approved by the student’s graduate committee demonstrating a mastery of the materials in the student’s area of concentration within the program.