Requirements for the Major and Minor in Music

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

New Major and Minor Flyer (PDF)

Key Areas of Study Guide (PDF)

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.

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: 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.

Modified Major

Requirements:

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

Music Minor

Requirements:

Students must take seven music courses that cover critical engagement, creative practice, and performance.

Example Major Concentration Pathways

The course plans below approach critical engagement, creative practice, and performance from various hypothetical vantage points. They act not as roadmaps but as idea generators conveying the flexible rigor of the music major.

A Jazz Musician

MUS 5 Jazz: Black Creative Music and American Culture

MUS 12 Music, Ceremony, Ritual, and Sacred Chant

MUS 14.02 Datascapes: Objective and Subjective Cinematic Interpretations of Data

MUS 18.02 Hip-Hop in the United States

MUS 35 The Jazz Language

MUS 45.04 Music and Social Justice

MUS 45.08 Cities, Subjects & Sonic Africa

MUS 50.31, 50.32, 50.33 Jazz Improvisation  

MUS 58.01, 58.02, 58.03 Percussion Individual Instruction

MUS 59.11, 59.12, 59.13 Coast Jazz Orchestra 

MUS 99 Proseminar

 

A DJ

MUS 3.02 American Music: Covers, Theft, and Musical Borrowing

MUS 16.02 Music and Media in Everyday Life

MUS 18.01 Pop Music: Past, Present, Future

MUS 25 Sonic Arts I: Machine Music

MUS 26 Sonic Arts II: Sound Is Alive

MUS 28 Sonic Space and Form

MUS 35 The Jazz Language

MUS 36 Songwriting I

MUS 46 Video Games and the Meaning of Life

MUS 59.31, 59.32, 59.33 Dartmouth College Gospel Choir  

MUS 99 Proseminar

 

A Classical Instrumentalist

MUS 11 Introduction to Opera

● MUS 20 – Creative Music Theory

● MUS 22 – Harmony and Rhythm

● MUS 23 –Timbre and Form

● MUS 32 – Improvisation

● MUS 42 – From Plato to Mozart (Early Classical Music)

● MUS 43 – From Beethoven to Now (Modern Classical Music)

● MUS 45.03 – The Music of Central Asia

● MUS 54.01, 54.02, 54.03 – Flute Individual Instruction

● MUS 59.51, 59.52, 59.53 – Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra

MUS 99 Proseminar

 

A Singer/Songwriter:

MUS 2 The Music of Today

MUS 27.01 Emerging Musical Theater

MUS 28 Sonic Space and Form

MUS 30.02 Film Scoring

MUS 35 The Jazz Language

MUS 36 Songwriting I

MUS 37 Songwriting II: Making the Album

MUS 45.05 Polyphony

MUS 56.01, 56.02, 56.03 Guitar Individual Instruction

MUS 57.01, 57.02, 57.03 Voice Individual Instruction

MUS 99 Proseminar

 

A Technologist/Sound Engineer

MUS 1 Beginning Music Theory

MUS 8 Programming for Interactive Audio-Visual Art

MUS 14.01 Music, Mind, Invention

MUS 16.02 – Music and Media in Everyday Life

● MUS 28 – Sonic Space and Form

MUS 30.02 Film Scoring

MUS 30.03 Movie Musical Lab (pending)

● MUS 34 – Sound Art Practice

● MUS 45.11 – The Power of Music

● MUS 59.21, 59.22, 59.23 – Glee Club

MUS 99 Proseminar

 

A Writer/Scholar/Journalist

MUS 4 Global Sounds

MUS 17.06 The Language-Music Connection

MUS 18.02 Hip-Hop in the United States

MUS 21 – Melody and Rhythm

MUS 25 – Sonic Arts I: Machine Music

MUS 38 Noise: Exploring Liberation in Sound

MUS 40.06 Sounds of Totalitarianism and Resistance

MUS 70 (FSP LONDON) – Perspectives in Music Performance

MUS 71 (FSP LONDON) The History of Music in England

MUS 87 (FSP LONDON)Special Studies in Music Abroad: Piano Individual Instruction

MUS 99 Proseminar