Major and Minor in Music

Declaring a Major or Minor in Music

Prior to declaring (on DartWorks) a major, modified major, or minor in Music, you must complete a Major or Minor Declaration Form (PDF) and submit it to Department Administrator Sam Candon (Samantha.Candon@dartmouth.edu). You are encouraged to submit this form roughly one term before you plan to officially declare so that the Music faculty will have time to collectively discuss and approve your plan.

All course descriptions can be found in the Registrar's Organization, Regulations, and Courses (ORC) Catalog.

 

Music Major

The Music major functions on an open course count model. Students craft a curricular plan, in close consultation with a faculty advisor, that draws on three key areas of study (PDF): 1) critical engagement with the roots and lineages of multiple music traditions, 2) creative practice with the tools and techniques that structure sounds into forms, and 3) performance via individual instruction and/or ensemble participation. This framework centers student agency, maximizes curricular flexibility, and offers major and minor pathways as vibrant and varied as the students we serve.

Requirements: Students must take MUS 99 (Proseminar) plus ten additional music courses that cover critical engagement, creative practice, and performance.

MUS 99 is typically offered only ONCE A YEAR DURING FALL TERM. Please plan ahead!

Modified Major

Requirements: Students must take MUS 99 (Proseminar) plus seven additional music courses that cover critical engagement, creative practice, and performance (PDF). Modified majors must be approved by the Chair of the Music Department.

MUS 99 is typically offered only once a year during fall term. Please plan ahead!

For more details about the modified major, please see the ORC description.