May 26, 2019  
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog 
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog

Music Major

A major in Music requires a minimum of 12 courses plus senior thesis or a recital. The Music Department offers various paths of study of music. Students may choose among three concentrations:

  1. History, theory, or composition;
  2. Ethnomusicology; and
  3. Performance.

Requirements for the Major (three concentrations)

1. History, theory, or composition

Course Requirements

Performance Requirements

2. Ethnomusicology

Option 1 Course Requirements

Option 2 Course Requirements

3. Performance

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 #1 History, theory, or composition concentration 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 (all 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-.