Music Majors and Minors

Ideally, exploration in the department – whether through ensembles, applied music lessons, or academic classroom work – should start early, in the first year. Students anticipating, or even considering, a major or minor in Music should plan to complete the prerequisite course, MUSC 105: Introduction to Music, winter quarter of their freshman year (preferable), but no later than winter of their sophomore year. (Students with previous experience in music theory may consider completing the MUSC 105 requirement by testing out of it; please contact Professor Bothwell for more information.) In the winter of your Sophomore year, all students can officially declare their major and/or minor at a campus event called Declaration of Major Day; outside of this event, one may also declare his/her major by filling out the Declaration Form with the College Registrar.

Music Majors are highly encouraged to select a member of the Department faculty as an Academic Advisor; Double Majors or Minors are also welcome to do this, or may simply choose to meet with Department faculty on a less formal basis. Either way, Music faculty can assist in music course selection and scheduling of classes, answer questions regarding the major/minor, and review career objectives.

The full requirements for the Music major or minor can be found in the College course catalogue. The courses therein are offered annually and biannually at the times and quarters. See the Annual Department Schedule to know when courses are offered. Please note that in addition to this standard coursework, Majors are expected to complete a Comprehensive Exam (which takes place as part of the Senior Seminar, a required course), as well as demonstrate aural skills and piano proficiency, accomplished through labs attached to the courses in the theory sequence.

Requirements for the Major in Music

Number of Units
Eleven units are required in addition to the prerequisite. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C- or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or an AP score of 4 or 5.
MUSC 175, 275, and 375 Music Theory Sequence
MUSC 150 and 155 Music History Sequence
MUSC 160 Music of World Cultures
MUSC 490 Senior Seminar

Electives
Music Majors are encouraged to consult with a professor in the Department about choosing electives (and potentially even courses in other departments) in a manner that helps define an intentional and directed area of focus.
Four full units of elective courses selected from:
Ensembles (at least one of the four electives must be an ensemble; see "About Music Ensembles" for more information)
Applied Music (see "About Applied Music" for more information)
MUSC 120, 121, or 123 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz: A Creative and Cultural Experience
MUSC 204 Intellectual Flows of Black Music
MUSC 205/SEMN-256 Music and Identity (Sophomore Seminar)
MUSC 207/SEMN-210 Listening Across Cultures (Sophomore Seminar)
MUSC/SEMN 221 Social Justice Through the Arts (Sophomoe Seminar)
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC/ANSO 315 Sound and Culture in the Middle East
MUSC 320 Arts Entrepreneurship
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar

Additional Expectations and Opportunities
In order to successfully complete the Music Major, students must also pass a comprehensive integrative exam (administered as part of the Senior Seminar), and demonstrate aural and basic keyboard proficiency (accomplished through labs attached to the three-course theory sequence). With permission of the department, limited transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may count toward the Major. Majors who plan advanced music studies in graduate school or who aspire to professional careers are strongly encouraged to complete their senior individualized project in the department. Majors are also encouraged to participate in an ensemble beyond their one required unit, and to study applied music in each quarter of residency. With few exceptions, a full unit of applied music credited toward the Major must be achieved by the study in the same instrument. Musical performances on campus should be attended by Music Majors, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.

In addition, Majors may consider incorporating three recommended programs available to all students at the College into their own musical K Plan:

  1. The Career and Professional Development Internship Program.
  2. Study Abroad: The University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Queen's University in Northern Ireland offer particularly robust opportunities for qualified students to continue actively making music while abroad. In addition, with sufficient advance consultation with music faculty and the CIP office, it may be possible to create opportunities to continue music at several other study abroad sites.
  3. New York Arts Program: This domestic study away program offers an opportunity for qualified sophomore and junior student artists to live in New York City and work as interns with professional artists. The application process begins in late spring quarter for internships the following winter quarter. Information is available from campus faculty representative Andrew Koehler.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

Number of Units
A minimum of six units in addition to the prerequisite are required for the minor in music. AP credit accepted to meet prerequisite only.

Required Courses
Prerequisite: MUSC 105 completed with a grade of C- or above. This prerequisite may also be met by examination or an AP score of 4 or 5.

At least one unit from MUSC 175, 275, or 375 Music Theory Sequence

At least one unit from MUSC 150, 155 Music History Sequence, or MUSC 160 Music of World Cultures.

Electives
Four full units of elective courses selected from additional courses in the required list and/or:
Ensembles (See "About Music Ensembles" for more information)
Applied Music (See "About Applied Music" for more information)
MUSC 120, 121, or 123 Instrumental Methods
MUSC 165 Jazz: A Creative and Cultural Exploration
MUSC 204 Intellectual Flows of Black Music
MUSC 205 Music and Identity (Sophomore Seminar)
MUSC 207 Listening Across Cultures (Sophomore Seminar)
MUSC 221 Social Justice Through the Arts (Sophomore Seminar)
MUSC 260 Conducting
MUSC/ANSO 315 Sound and Culture in the Middle East
MUSC 320 Arts Entrepreneurship
MUSC 465 Music Education Seminar

Additional Expectations and Opportunities

With permission from the department, limited transfer courses and coursework completed abroad may count toward the Minor. Music Minors are encouraged to participate in an ensemble and to study applied music in each quarter of residency. With few exceptions, each full unit of applied music credited toward the Minor must be achieved by study in the same instrument. Musical performances on campus should be attended by Music Minors, including concerts by invited guests, by Music Department Faculty, and by fellow music students.

In addition, Minors may consider incorporating three recommended programs available to all students at the College into their own musical K Plan:

  1. The Career and Professional Development Internship Program.
  2. Study Abroad: The University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Queen's University in Northern Ireland offer particularly robust opportunities for qualified students to continue actively making music while abroad. In addition, with sufficient advance consultation with music faculty and the CIP office, it may be possible to create opportunities to continue music at several other study abroad sites.
  3. New York Arts Program: This domestic study away program offers an opportunity for qualified sophomore and junior student artists to live in New York City and work as interns with professional artists. The application process begins in late spring quarter for internships the following winter quarter. Information is available from campus faculty representative Andrew Koehler.

About Applied Music

Professional performers and teachers from the community join with the regular faculty of Kalamazoo College to teach individual lessons for a wide range of instruments and voice. These courses are open to all students, regardless of level, and each accrues 1/5 unit per quarter of participation. A student may earn up to 5 full units in music ensembles (see "About Music Ensembles") and applied music combined toward graduation; as many as three of those may be applied to the Major or Minor. With few exceptions, each full unit of applied music credit toward the Major or Minor must be achieved by study in the same instrument.

Though these courses meet by default for the equivalent of 30 minutes per week, students have the option of taking hour-long lessons as well; in this event, the amount of credit accrued is 2/5 unit per quarter. Students can only register for hour-long lessons through a Permission to Add form, signed by their instructor or the Department Chair, and submitted to the Registrar.

At the end of each quarter, every student taking applied music must play a hearing before a group of music faculty members. Attendance at two performance area classes and the applied music recital each quarter is also required of students enrolled in applied music.

Upon the recommendation of the instructor, very advanced students may present a department-sponsored recital.

An extra fee is charged for applied music instruction. Please see the section of the catalog entitled "Policies: Expenses, Refund Policies, Fees" for more information.

About Music Ensembles

All students at Kalamazoo College may participate in ensembles. Generally meeting twice a week for periods of an hour and a half, ensembles should not conflict with the regular course schedule. A student may earn up to 5 full units in music ensembles and applied music (See "About Applied Music") combined toward graduation; as many as three of those may be applied to the Major or Minor, and at least one unit of ensemble credit is required for the Major.