Major Declaration

rosnak-mu50_0194-wAll students intending to major in music must follow the Music placement procedure before beginning music major classes. This procedure places students in the musicianship and harmony sequences, and determines whether supplemental classes in piano are recommended.

Note that the Musicianship Placement Exam is administered once before the beginning of each semester; it is mandatory for prospective music majors and students should plan their school break accordingly in order to attend.


Major Declaration Procedure

To declare the Music Major, prospective students must:

  • Place into Music 52A (formerly 49B) or higher via the Musicianship Placement Exam, and enroll in the course of placement.
  • Submit the Intent to Declare the Music Major form to the Undergraduate Advisor as soon as possible after placement.
  • Complete at least 3 required courses with a grade of C or above in each course. The 3 courses must represent 3 different areas of study:
    • Musicianship and Harmony
    • Music History (Music 70)
    • Musics of the World (Music 80)
    • Performance

During Fall 2017 – Spring 2018, students who are wait-listed for Music 70 or 80 may choose the following course substitutes to fulfill major declaration requirements:

  • Music 70: substituted with 170 or 170A
  • Music 80: substituted with 130-139, or 180

Students must obtain permission from the Undergraduate Advisor prior to choosing this substitution. Student must obtain a C or higher in both the substitute course(s) ANDMusic 70 as well as 80 to remain in good standing with the major.

An Undergraduate Orientation is held once before the beginning of each semester. The orientation reviews important information such as placement exams, major requirements, program planning, major resources, and student life. It is imperative that prospective music majors make every possible effort to attend.

Major Declaration Timeline:

The minimum amount of time required to complete all declaration requirements is one semester. Because intended music majors must receive a grade of C or higher in each required course, they will officially declared in the major in the months following the end of the semester, after final grades are released.

Intent to Declare form submitted Officially declared if eligible
Fall semester Usually January of the following year
Spring semester Usually June
Summer semester Usually September

It is expected that most students will be able to complete all declaration requirements within a year, and transfer students should strive to complete the requirements in one semester. Students should seek consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor as soon as possible if this is not feasible for their individual circumstances.