New Student Information

Welcome Class of 2024!

2020-2021 AY Course Offerings

Our current academic year course offerings are posted on our website. Please note that our courses are subject to change, so continue to check our website along with the Registrar's Office Timetable of Class Meetings often. A complete listing of music courses are posted in the Organization, Regulations, and Courses (ORC). 

MUS 99 Proseminar

Professor Will Cheng
Offered: Fall 2020, ARR (2:50-4:40 pm, Tu, Th)

In this advanced seminar for junior and senior music majors, students will apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout their Dartmouth education. Instructors may choose to organize the proseminar around a broad theme (e.g., music & gender, music & politics, etc.). We will welcome guest lectures by various music faculty and visiting experts.

2020-21 Music Placement

The 2020-21 Music Placement is available online through Canvas. If you are interested in taking the Placement, please email Professor Richard Beaudoin.  

  • Music 20 is the ‪prerequisite for Music 21, 22, and 23- courses that can be used to fulfill the theory requirement for all students majoring or minoring in music.
  • While students who earned a combined score of 5 on the AP Music Exam may be exempt from MUS 20, we ask that these students still take the 2020-21 Music Placement as the content of MUS 20 goes beyond AP Music Theory.

Individual Instruction Program (IIP)

For lesson inquiries and audition details for all instruments other than classical piano and classical/pipe organ (see below), and voice (top right), you must contact the appropriate IIP faculty member

Classical Piano Auditions (IIP MUS 53)

Audition procedure for Piano (MUS 53, classical): please contact Professor Sally Pinkas ( or Professor Greg Hayes ( as soon as possible to schedule an audition via Skype, ahead of your arrival on campus.  Feel free to do so even if you are unsure whether you will be enrolling in MUS 53 during fall term. Audition results will remain valid for the rest of the year.

Classical/Pipe Organ Auditions (IIP MUS 53)

Classical/Pipe organ will be taught remotely for 2020-2021.  Prospective students may audition on the organ, harpsichord, or piano, but should have access to a pipe organ (or electronic classical organ) for practice and lessons.  A video recording with good sound quality will be required, in addition to a Zoom interview/audition.  Please contact the instructor by email for details.

Thursday, September 10

Voice Auditions (IIP MUS 57)

Auditions for Voice (IIP MUS 57) with our two voice instructors, Louis Burkot and Erma Mellinger, will take place via Zoom Thursday, September 10 from 11:00-4:00 PM.  You must sign up for your audition using our online form

Performance Laboratories

Performance Laboratories (Music 50) provide weekly coaching and instruction in diverse forms of music making, and are open by audition to all Dartmouth students. Course work centers on musical readings and informal performance of selected repertoire chosen both for its intrinsic interest and for its relevance to the contents of course syllabi within the Music Department. Performance laboratories may be taken for credit (three terms equals one credit) or on a not-for-credit basis. Subject to space availability, students may enroll in different laboratories during different terms. Terms of enrollment need not be consecutive.  Performance Laboratories are offered fall, winter, and spring:

For further information and director contact details, please visit our Performance Laboratories' page.

Student Recitals

Student recitals occur in the spring term. Students work closely with their Indvidual Instruction Program (IIP) instructors on recital preparation, including scheduling rehearsals, hiring accompaniment, preparing a program, and creating publicity materials.


Honors Program

The Honors Program provides an opportunity for work of greater scope and depth than the Music Department's standard course offerings. Honors projects typically take the form of independent work that is undertaken over at least two terms, and supervised by one or more members of the music faculty. Please see example below of one 2020 honors thesis.

Mikrá Yiánnena: Romaniote Chanting for Shabbat Evening in Greece and New York City
Gabriel A. Zuckerberg