Basic Structure of the Department
- The Music department offers a single major, a modified major, and a minor. Courses in music cover four broad areas: music theory, music history and repertoire, performance studies, and composition. There are many courses that have no prerequisite requirements and fulfill the ART or TAS Distributive Requirement, and the W or NW World Culture Requirement.
- Music theory courses range from an introduction to musical notation, solfeggio, and harmony, to advanced tonal analysis and orchestration.
- Music history and repertoire courses include offerings devoted to Western classical music, American music, jazz and non-Western music.
- Performance and musicianship comprises individual instrument instruction (MUS 53-58), conducting (MUS 52), or participation in MUS 50 (Music Performance Laboratory, which may be taken for credit or not for credit.) MUS 50 offerings include performance laboratories in chamber music, contemporary music, jazz improvisation, and Indonesian gamelan. First-year students are encouraged to enroll in performance laboratories.
- Composition courses include digital music, instrumental composition, and improvisation.
- MUS 1 (Beginning Music Theory) is designed for students who have little or no background in musical studies. If a first-year student comes to Dartmouth with considerable prior experience in music theory, s/he should contact the department to discuss and obtain permission to enroll in upper-level theory courses. MUS 1 is an appropriate predecessor to MUS 20.
- MUS 20 (Introduction to Music Theory), or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for most theory and composition courses, as well as for the Music Major and for the Foreign Study Program.
- The Music department sponsors a Foreign Study Program in the spring; programs have been led in London, in Vienna, and in Beijing. Prerequisites include MUS 20 (Introduction to Music Theory), plus either MUS 21 (Melody and Rhythm) or MUS 22 (Harmony and Rhythm), and one music history course. Also required are two terms of a MUS 50 (Performance Laboratory), or one contract (three terms) of individual instruction (MUS 53-58).
- Students may obtain course credit for individual instruction on an instrument or in voice. Students who wish to do so should contact the relevant instructor to set up an audition during the first week of the term; sign-ups for an audition for voice and piano, see department's home page. Slots are limited.
- Term course offerings and syllabi are posted on the department's home page.
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
The Music home page