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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 Index. Bachelor of Music Degree).
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 in ensembles are required components of the B.A. Music major.
All senior Music majors must complete a senior project. There are two categories from which to choose: recital (FAA 798 or 799); or paper/project (MUS 485). Students may choose both of these options if they wish. Student teaching fulfills this requirement for music education majors.
Minor: A minimum of six course credits in Music which include MUS 110, 210, 310, and at least three additional courses in Music at the 200 level or above, selected in consultation with and approved by the Department, not to include MUS 212, 301, or any 700 numbered course.
Music Lessons at Cornell: Students register for Solo Performance courses (music lessons) at the beginning of Term One and Term Six. These courses are taught over four consecutive terms. Registration entails additional costs (see Music Lessons, Fees). Students may withdraw from these courses only during the first of the four terms. If a student withdraws from a Solo Performance course during the drop period, he or she will be charged only for the lessons scheduled between the beginning of the course and the date when the course is officially dropped and no entry concerning the course will appear on the student's transcript. After the drop period has passed, if a student ceases to attend, a grade of F will appear on the student's transcript and the student will be billed for the full semester charge. All music scholarship students must be enrolled in music lessons to retain their scholarships. After a student has earned more than one course credit in the continuing study of the same instrument, he or she may count the additional credits toward the fulfillment of the general B.A. requirement for a minimum of nine courses numbered in the 300s or 400s.
Piano Proficiency Requirement: All Music majors, regardless of degree or program, must pass the Piano Proficiency Requirement by the end of the sophomore year. If this requirement is not passed, the student must take applied piano (FAA 761 or 762) until the requirement has been passed. The requirement consists of six components: performance of three prepared works; scales; arpeggios; sight reading; and melody harmonization. Also, as part of the requirement, Music Education majors must demonstrate their ability to perform an accompaniment with a singer or instrumentalist. A student may pass the requirement in segments.
Ensemble Participation: Participation in music ensembles (FAA 711 through 720) is required of all Music majors and music scholarship students, regardless of degree or program. Requirements vary, depending on the degree program. Regulations governing adding and dropping ensembles are the same as for Music Lessons, with the exception of MUS 718.
Music Performance Seminar: The Music Performance Seminar (FAA 701) is a semester-long program that consists of attendance at music events. The purpose of this Seminar is to help nurture an understanding of diverse musical styles and musical ensembles and to provide opportunities for student performances. Attendance at concerts, recitals, and Friday afternoon Music Performance Seminar Student Recitals is required of all Music majors and minors, as well as all other students who are enrolled in music lessons. (Students who have accepted a William Fletcher King Music Scholarship, Trustee, or Dean's award must satisfy the recital attendance requirement for a Music minor until a Music major is declared. Students who have accepted a Trustees' Music Scholarship must satisfy, at minimum, the recital attendance requirement for a Music minor.) The number of required events changes from semester to semester. Students should contact the Department of Music each semester for details. Music majors must receive a passing grade in Music Performance Seminar (FAA 701) in a minimum of five semesters in order to complete the major. Failure to meet the attendance requirement will result in the student's receiving an F for Music Performance Seminar. No course credit is given for this Seminar. It is offered on a Pass/Fail basis.
101. Fundamentals of Music
107. Vocal Diction (1/2)
110. Music Theory I
116. The Aesthetics of Music - Popular Music
210. Music Theory II
212. Music Listening and Understanding
218. Rock Music: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
219. Revolutionary Music of the Twentieth
263. Women and Music
301. Elementary School Music
303. Service Playing and Arranging
304. Literature of the Major Instrument
306. Conducting I (1/2)
307. Piano Pedagogy (1/2)
308. Vocal Pedagogy (1/2)
315. Jazz Arranging
321. History of Western Music I: Medieval and Renaissance
322. History of Western Music II: Baroque and Classical
323. History of Western Music III: Romantic to the Present
331. Music Education Seminar (1/2)
343-346. Music Theory IV and V
349. Form and Analysis
350. Mozart and Beethoven
352. The Ring Cycle of Wagner
353. Wagner and Wagnerism (at the Newberry Library, Chicago)
through 366. Topics in Music History and Theory
406. Conducting II: Band (1/2)
431. Methods and Materials for Music Education
432. Marching Band Techniques
485. Independent Study in Music (1/2-1)
701. Music Performance Seminar (Zero Course Credit)
702. Composition (1/2-1)
709 (1/4); 710 (1/2). Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Ensemble and Solo Performance Courses: Music courses numbered 711 through 793 are open to all qualified students upon audition, may be repeated for credit, and may be counted toward the fulfillment of the Fine Arts General Education Requirement. Any combination of these courses that totals a full course credit will satisfy this requirement. These courses normally encompass four terms and are taken along with principal and concurrent courses. MUS 718/728 (Cornell Lyric Theatre) is an exception.
The regulations governing the adding and dropping of Solo Performance (music lessons) and Ensemble courses are given under ``Music Lessons at Cornell'' and ``Ensemble Participation.'' These regulations apply to all students taking these courses whether or not they are Music majors. To enroll, students register directly and in advance with the Department secretary in Term One or Term Six.
Only juniors and seniors who are candidates for the B.Mus. degree with a major in Performance are permitted to register for a full course credit in a Solo Performance course. Students considering the B.Mus. degree with a major in Performance should register each semester of their first and sophomore years for a half-credit lesson in their primary performance medium and for a full course credit each semester during their last two years. Other music students take lessons for a quarter-course credit each semester or, with the permission of the Department, for a half-course credit.
All students enrolled in a Solo Performance course will be enrolled automatically in the concurrent FAA 701 Music Seminar course.
(1/4) Chamber Ensembles
718/728. Cornell Lyric Theatre (1/4-1)
Solo Performance Courses
At the end of each solo performance course, every student must pass an examination before a jury of the faculty of the Department. The fees for music lessons are given in the section on Financial Information.
798. Half Recital (1/2)
799. Full Recital