Jul 17, 2018  
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog 
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Music Major

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The Music Department offers various paths of study of music. Students may choose among three concentrations: 1. history, theory, composition; 2. ethnomusicology; and 3. performance. Each requires a culminating senior exercise detailed below:

Requirements for the Major (three concentrations)

A major in Music requires a minimum of 12 courses plus senior thesis or a recital.

I. History, theory, or composition concentration

Course Requirements

Performance Requirements

II. Ethnomusicology concentration

Option 1 Course Requirements

Option 2 Course Requirements

III. Performance concentration

Prerequisite: approval of performance concentration status by full music faculty and teacher of performance area by the end of sophomore year.

Course Requirements

Same as history, theory, or composition concentrations above

Performance Requirements

Senior Requirements in Music

History, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, and performance concentrations

  • MUS 191 SC - Senior Thesis (Students will normally register for senior thesis in spring of their senior year.)
  • Students on the history, theory, and the ethnomusicology paths complete a written thesis.
  • Students on the composition path present a student recital of their works and submit a portfolio of their compositions.
  • Students in the performance concentration present a senior recital with scholarly program notes in lieu of a written thesis.

Honors Program in Music (history, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, performance concentrations)

The Music Department confers honors in music on outstanding students who exhibit excellence in scholarly research/composition/performance. A student who wishes to be considered for honors should discuss it with the thesis adviser.

Honors Requirements

  • A GPA of 11.0 (A-) in the music major.
  • One additional music elective course.
  • An honors-quality thesis with a grade of A or A-.

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