We emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary study. Required courses for the major/minor are based on our belief that all majors and minors must have:
- an ability to work with various kinds of musical notation and use musical terminology (MUS 200 or 201)
- an understanding of how social and historical contexts shape and are shaped by musical expression (MUS 210)
- a grasp of the fundamental relation between music and technology (MUS 220)
- both breadth and depth in the study of music (electives)
- ongoing experience in making music with others (participation in a department ensemble).
Our learning goals for all students are built on the importance of:
- close, active listening, as well as articulating what one is hearing
- participating actively and reliably in collective work
- learning to lead responsibly
- responsible decision-making
- a disciplined approach to problem-solving.