Music Major

FEATURES

  • Explore five dimensions of music making — history, theory, composition, performing arts technology, and performance
  • Gain priority access to lessons with School of Music, Theatre & Dance instructors
  • Develop your creativity in music composition
  • Pursue a double major, allowing you to develop your love of music, while pursuing a career in another field
  • No experience required – you can major in music even as a beginning performer

OFFICIAL REQUIREMENTS

Effective Fall 2019

Exclusions:

The LSA Music Major is not open to students with a major in music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Advising

A major in music is developed in consultation with a department advisor in music.  Appointments are scheduled through the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall (734-764-0332).  Appointments may also be scheduled by emailing the LSA Music Advisor at lsamusicadvisor@umich.edu or by calling (734-764-8623).

Prerequisites

None, but ability to read music and instrumental or vocal performance experience is recommended.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

At least 10 of the 30 credits of music courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Musicology & Ethnomusicology
One introductory course in MUSICOL chosen from:

  • MUSICOL 121: Introduction to the Art of Music
  • MUSICOL 122: Introduction to World Music
  • MUSICOL 123: Introduction to Popular Music
  • MUSICOL 130: Opera!
  • MUSICOL 345: History of Music – Middle Ages to Baroque
  • MUSICOL 346: History of Music – Baroque to modern era

Plus two additional courses in MUSICOL.

Music Theory
Students must complete all of the following:

  • THEORY 137: Introduction to the Theory of Music
  • THEORY 238: Introduction to Musical Analysis

Composition & Performing Arts Technology
One introductory course in COMP or PAT chosen from:

  • COMP 221: Introduction to Elementary Composition
  • COMP 222: Composition
  • PAT 200: Introduction to Electronic Music

Performance
Two courses in private instruction*, applied GUITAR, applied PIANO, or applied VOICE chosen from:

  • BASSOON 150
  • CARILLON 150
  • CELLO 150
  • CLARINET 150
  • DBLBASS 150
  • EUPHBARI 150
  • FLUTE 150
  • FRENHORN 150
  • GUITAR 111 (class guitar)
  • GUITAR 112 (class guitar)
  • HARP 150
  • HARPSCH 150
  • JAZZ 150
  • OBOE 150
  • ORGAN 150
  • PERCUSS 150
  • PIANO 110.001 (class piano)
  • PIANO 150
  • SAX 150
  • TROMBONE 150
  • TRUM 150
  • TUBA 150
  • VIOLA 150
  • VIOLIN 150
  • VOICE 111 (class voice)
  • VOICE 150

Two additional courses chosen from private instruction*, applied GUITAR, applied PIANO, applied VOICE (as listed above), and ENS**:

  • ENS 344: Campus Philharmonia & Symphony Orchestra
  • ENS 346: University & Campus Bands
  • ENS 348: Marching Band, Basketball & Hockey Bands
  • ENS 351: Arts Chorale
  • ENS 353: Men’s Glee Club
  • ENS 356: Women’s Glee Club
  • ENS 360: Campus Jazz Ensemble
  • ENS 405, 406: Beginning Javanese Gamelan
  • ENS 407: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble

*Private lesson availability is limited, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance does not guarantee placement.  Priority is given to School of Music performance majors.  Additionally, private lessons on some instruments may not be available in a given term.  Please see the Application for Private Instruction page on the SMTD website for more details.

**Placement in Ensemble courses may require an audition.  Please see the Performance Opportunities page on the SMTD website for more details.

Additional Courses
Two additional courses in MUSICOL, THEORY, COMP, or PAT.

Additional music electives chosen in consultation with the LSA Music Advisor.

 

Constraints

AP credits may not be used to satisfy requirements of the major.

With approval by the LSA Music Advisor, a maximum of three non-SMTD courses may be used to satisfy appropriate requirements for the LSA Music Major.

Music courses offered by non-SMTD units:

  • AAS / RCHUMS / WOMENSTD / HONORS 354: Race and Identity in Music
  • AAS 366: Music of Africa
  • AMCULT 209: History of American Popular Music
  • AMCULT / HISTORY / LATINOAM 266: The Latin Tinge
  • AMCULT 228: American Musical Soundscapes
  • AMCULT 337: A Survey of American Blues Music
  • AMCULT 407: The History of American Folk Music: Culture, Politics, Music
  • AMCULT 409: American Roots Music
  • AMCULT / WOMENSTD 411: Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
  • COMM 455: Music and Mediated Identities
  • PSYCH 211: Project Outreach, section titled “Mind, Music, and the Community”
  • PHYSICS 288: Physics of Music
  • RCHUMS 249: Foundations of Music
  • RCHUMS 250: Chamber Music
  • RCHUMS 251: Topics in Music
  • RCHUMS 252: Topics in Musical Expression
  • RCHUMS 253: Choral Ensemble: Residential College Singers
  • RCHUMS 256: Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
  • RCHUMS 258: Afro-Cuban Drumming and Styles
  • RCHUMS 259: Music Improvisation
  • RCHUMS 350: Creative Musicianship
  • RCHUMS 351: Creative Musicianship Lab
  • RCHUMS 352: Found Instruments: Building, Design, and Performance
  • RCHUMS 356: The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • RCHUMS 301 / ENS 406: Beginning Javanese Gamelan
  • RCHUMS 302 / ENS 407: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
  • SOC 255: Sociology of Music

Other Department Policies

Additional music courses offered by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are available, and with approval by the LSA Music Advisor, may be used to satisfy appropriate requirements of the LSA Music Major.  Enrollment in these courses may be restricted to SMTD students.  Interested students should contact the instructors of these courses for permission to enroll.

Additional SMTD music courses open to non-SMTD students:

  • ARTSADMN 406: Special Topics
  • ARTSADMN 410: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum
  • ARTSADMN 422: Writing About Your Art
  • ARTSADMN 422: Grants & Fundraising
  • ARTSADMN 426: Arts Fundraising
  • ARTSADMN 428: Arts Leadershp
  • ARTSADMN 432: Recording Industry
  • ARTSADMN 472/PAT 472: Business of Music
  • ARTSADMN 477: Social Value Arts
  • COMP 233: Special Topics in Composition
  • COMP 415: Introduction to Electronic Music
  • COMP 416: Seminar in Electronic Music
  • JAZZ 450: Contemplative Practices Seminar
  • JAZZ 454.002: Special Topics
  • JAZZ 455: Creativity and Consciousness
  • MUSED 210: Special Topics
  • MUSICOL 343: Music and Islam
  • MUSPERF 200: Engaging Performance
  • PAT 204: Creative Coding for Music
  • PAT 305 / MUSPERF 300: Video Game Music
  • PAT 313: The Art of Electronic Music
  • PAT 314: Electronic Music & Social Justice

 

Students in the Music Major may use THTREMUS and DANCE courses toward LSA Distribution requirements.

Residency

Upon approval of the department advisor, up to 12 credits from outside of the University of Michigan may be accepted to fulfill requirements for the major.  A minimum of 18 credits must be taken at the University of Michigan.

To declare a major, please make an appointment with the LSA Music Advisor by contacting the Newnan Advising Center at 734-764-0332. You may also contact the LSA Music Advisor directly at tericks@umich.edu.

For more information, please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.