MUS 100: Introduction to Music (ARTS) provides a framework for further study of music at St. Lawrence. An alternative is MUS 200: Music Theory (ARTS), open to students who demonstrate experience in working with musical notation; students must have permission of the instructor to enroll in this class. These two courses serve as prerequisites for many of our upper-level courses. In addition, MUS 210: Musics of the World (HU/DIV13) has seats reserved for first-year students. This course opens up ways of listening to a variety of musics, understanding the relations between musical practices and social practices, and studying both contemporary and historical topics. MUS 200, MUS 210, and MUS 220 (Music and Technology) are required of majors and minors.
Courses this fall appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats, are:
- MUS 100: Introduction to Music (ARTS)
- MUS 200: Music Theory (ARTS) requires permission of instructor
- MUS/ASIA 210: Musics of the World (HU/DIV13)
- MUS 227: Recording Arts (ARTS)
Incoming students may also take individual music lessons or participate in any of our vocal and instrumental ensembles. Watch for posters about auditions when you arrive on campus in August! We have a large variety of ensembles including two choruses, a string orchestra, a wind ensemble and even an improvisation lab.