Summer at St. Mary's


Professor Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting the Chesapeake Orchestra at the River Concert Series.

Study abroad in Italy

Choir and Orchestra in Alba

You can participate in the Alba Music Festival, two weeks of intensive music making in the north of Italy.


Degree Requirements for the Music Major

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, including at least at least 46 semester hours in courses carrying music credit:

  1. General College Requirements (see catalog).
  2. Required Courses in Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology (at least 32 semester hours). A grade of C- or better must be received in each course in this category. Courses taken for Credit/No credit may not be used to satisfy requirements under in this category.
    1. Music Theory: at least 16 semester hours selected from:
      • MUSC 201, 202: Sightsinging and Dictation I, II
      • MUSC 203, 204: Music Theory I, II
      • MUSC 303, 304: Music Theory III, IV
      • MUSC 309, 311: Sightsinging and Dictation III, IV
      • MUSC 332: Form and Analysis
    2. Music History: 12 semester hours:
      • MUSC 210: Music History Survey I
      • MUSC 211: Music History Survey II
      • MUSC 320: Music History Survey III
    3. Ethnomusicology: at least 4 semester hours of classes with an ethnomusicological focus. Courses that satisfy this requirement include MUSC 216: An Introduction to the World’s Musics; MUSC 323: Topics in Ethnomusicology; and MUSC 321: Topics in Music History (when the subject offered is ethnomusicological). Other classes are offered regularly by the Music Department that fulfill this requirement. Please consult with the Music Department Chair for prior approval of such courses.
  3. Performance Requirements (14 semester hours). A grade of C or better must be received in each course under this section 3. Courses taken for Credit/No credit may not be used to satisfy requirements in this category.
    1. Private instruction: at least 7 semesters (one semester hour each) chosen from MUSA 280, 281, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 380, 381, 384, 386, 387, 388, 389.
    2. Ensemble participation: at least 7 semesters (one semester hour each) chosen from ensembles as approved by the music faculty. Note: A student will not be permitted to take more than 4 semester hours of applied music (MUSA) during one semester without consent of the music faculty.
  4. Elective courses (10 semester hours): 10 semester hours of courses chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor. Courses in fields other than music can satisfy this requirement with the approval of both the faculty advisor and the department chair in music. Electives can be used to pursue areas of special music ability or interest, or to explore the relations between music and other areas.
  5. Performance proficiency in vocal or instrumental music, to be demonstrated by public recital or audition before the music faculty, with the acceptable option for each student to be determined by the music faculty.
  6. Proficiency in piano as a basic tool, through two semesters of class piano (MUSA 173, 174 or 273, as appropriate - one credit hour each).  One or both semesters may be replaced by one or two semesters (as appropriate) of private instruction in piano (MUSA 281/381). Students satisfying this requirement through MUSA 281/381 must still pass an exam given by the teacher of Class Piano focused on melody harmonization. If they fail this exam, they must complete a single semester of MUSA 273.
  7. Completion of MUSC 493/494: St. Mary’s Project (SMP) in Music. Projects typically combine performance and a written document, although some students have done purely written projects (see the catalog SMP requirements for details about what is required of all projects). The Music Department SMP requirement is waived if the student completes an SMP outside of the Music Department. Students exercising this option must obtain prior written approval of the music faculty.

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