Oct 18, 2017
Lisa Hearne (chair), Martin Hearne, James Martin, Jama Stilwell, Aaron Perrine
Cornell College offers a major in Music within the framework of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Special Studies degrees. The Department of Music oversees the Bachelor of Music degree, with majors either in Performance or in Music Education (see Bachelor of Music Degree, alongside the Bachelor of Arts Degree under Degree Programs). The Bachelor of Arts allows the student with a strong interest in music the opportunity to explore various musical pursuits within the general liberal arts program of the College. Instruction in a performing medium and participation in solo performance and ensemble courses are required components of the B.A. Music major.
General Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree
A Minimum of 31 Course Credits
No more than two 100-level courses may be taken in the senior year without the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for this degree. No more than two full credit in 500-level adjunct courses may be counted toward satisfying the minimum 31 credits.
A Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or Higher
A Minimum of 10 Courses from Outside the Music Department
To include a writing-designated course (W) and three humanities courses (not counting the W course) from at least two of the following groupings: (1) English and Foreign Language; (2) History; (3) Philosophy; (4) Religion; (5) Art or Theatre; and (6) Education.
One Elective Course Credit in Music History or Theory
A Grade of “Pass” on All Parts of the Piano Proficiency Requirement
All majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement by the end of the sophomore year. Music Education majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement before application for Student Teaching placement.
A Grade of “Pass” on All Parts of the Aural Skills Proficiency Requirement
Music Education majors must pass the Aural Skills Proficiency requirement before application for Student Teaching Placement.
At least one music ensemble each semester for eight semesters, as arranged by the student, the faculty advisor, and the ensemble conductor (see “Ensemble Participation ”).
Completion of a Senior Capstone Experience
There are Three Categories from Which to Choose:
Students may choose more than one of these options. Students who plan to complete MUS 485 as their capstone must submit a description of the proposed project for departmental approval by October 1 of their senior year.
Students who intend to major in Performance must audition before the Department of Music by the second semester of their sophomore year.
Four Course Credits in a Primary Performance Medium
Either voice or a keyboard, string, percussion, or wind instrument.
One Course Credit in Piano
Or another secondary performance medium selected in consultation with the department.
Junior Year and Senior Year
Select one of the following courses or an equivalent