Jun 27, 2019  
Catalog 2019-2020 
  
Catalog 2019-2020

Music B.A.


Students majoring in music receive a bachelor of arts degree. Students contemplating a major should consult as early as possible with the department chair and with an instructor in the musical area of greatest interest to formulate a course of study.

Students majoring in music are required to complete the following:

Effective for the class of 2020 (unless electing otherwise–see below):

  1. MU 241 , MU 242 , and MU 243 , normally to be completed by the end of the sophomore year;
     
  2. one 300-level topics seminar/survey in the Western classical tradition (MU 314 , MU 315 , MU 316 , MU 317 , or an appropriate topics seminar);
     
  3. one 300-level topics seminar/survey in a non-Western or popular music tradition (MU 304 , MU 306 , MU 307 , MU 309  , MU 320 , MU 343 , or an appropriate topics seminar);
     
  4. one additional topics seminar (MU 344  or MU 345 );
     
  5. one 300-level MU course (chosen from any of the above mentioned courses plus MU 319 ,  , MU 353 , MU 354 , MU 355 , MU 356 , MU 357 , MU 358 , MU 359 , MU 360   , or MU 385 );
     
  6. MU 363  Senior Seminar;
     
  7. three semesters of private musical instruction in one area of performance; and
     
  8. three semesters of ensemble performance selected from course offerings under Skidmore Ensembles.

    **Courses fulfilling either of #2 or #3 must be completed at Skidmore.

Effective for the class of 2021 and beyond, and for others who so choose:
 

  1.  ;
     
  2. MU 241 , MU 242 , and MU 243 ;
     
  3. one 300-level topics seminar/survey in the Western classical tradition (MU 314 , MU 315 , MU 316 , MU 317 , or an appropriate topics seminar);
     
  4. one 300-level topics seminar/survey in a non-Western or popular music tradition (MU 304 , MU 306 , MU 307 , MU 309  , MU 320 , MU 343 , or an appropriate topics seminar);
     
  5. one additional topics seminar (MU 344  or MU 345 );
     
  6. one 200- or 300-level MU course (excluding independent study, i.e., MU 371 and above) of 3 or more credits;
     
  7. MU 363  Coda in Music;
     
  8. three semesters of private musical instruction in one area of performance; and
     
  9. three semesters of ensemble performance selected from course offerings under Skidmore Ensembles.

    **Courses fulfilling either of #3 or #4 must be completed at Skidmore.


To enroll in MU 241 , students must pass a diagnostic exam administered during the first week of the fall semester. The department strongly urges majors to acquire keyboard skills as early as possible in their musical studies. Before enrolling in MU 242 , students must demonstrate keyboard proficiency by passing a departmental exam or by successfully completing MP 197 . Students lacking the required proficiency must enroll in MP 197  concurrently with MU 242 .

Private Musical Instruction

 MP 281X : Private instruction in instrumental or vocal performance is available to all students on an audition/interview basis and as studio space permits. The fee for private instruction is $660 per semester for 45-minute lessons, $880 per semester for one-hour lessons. Students majoring in music are exempt from these fees during four semesters of 45-minute private lessons. Scholarship aid is available for all students; see the department chair for details.

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