May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Effective Fall 2005

The Music major provides students with broad experience in the study of music (both creative expression and critical analysis), through musicology and music theory, along with introductions to musical composition and performance. The LSA Concentration works in conjunction with the LSA Bachelors of Arts and Sciences degrees and provides a liberal arts alternative to the Bachelor of Musical Arts and Bachelors of Music degrees offered within the School of Music.

The objectives of this major are to encourage the study of music as art and culture in the many contemporary and historical contexts of its creation, performance, dissemination, reception, and representation, including an understanding of the relationships and distinctions among the musical cultures of diverse historical epochs, civilizations, and geographical regions. Musical study fosters an awareness of the aesthetic, social, political, religious, and personal values that may be embedded in musical works and practices; an understanding of theoretical approaches to music and the relations between music and other arts and disciplines; and an awareness of the impact of technology on musical creation and production.

Concentration Program

 A minimum of thirteen courses are required; with the permission of the concentration advisor, as many as five courses from outside the University of Michigan may be accepted to fulfill concentration requirements. Eight courses must be taken at the University of Michigan, including the following:

  1. Musicology (MUSICOL): one introductory course in music (MUSICOL 121, 122, or 123 or the equivalent) and two additional courses of in Musicology or Ethnomusicology (MUSICOL 122, 123, 343, 345, 346, 351, 411, 450, 456, 458, and other 300-400 level courses, or the equivalent). MUSICOL 139, 140, 239, or 240, may be elected to fulfill requirements for the concentration with permission of the instructor and the concentration advisor. (revised 2/3/05)
  2. Music Theory (THEORY): two courses of basic music theory (THEORY 137 (section 001, plus a lab section 002-005) and 238 (section 001, plus a lab section 002-003), or 139/149 and 140/150, or 239/240 and 240/250 or the equivalent (by permission of instructor).
  3. Music Composition (COMP): COMP 221, 222, PAT 201, or equivalent (students with an historical or ethno-musicological focus within the concentration program may request that this requirement be waived through substitution of another 400-level course in Musicology).
  4. Music Performance: a total of four courses of performance instruction, selected from PIANO 110, 111, 112, 113 or private instruction 150. At least two courses of private instruction are required (applied piano class is acceptable as "private" instruction). Ensemble may be elected to cover two of the four required terms.
  5. Two additional MUSICOL, THEORY, COMP, or PAT courses at the 400 level or above. One of these must be a junior-senior seminar in MUSICOL or THEORY for concentrators with a focus in either of these areas.

The core requirements listed here typically demand approximately 30 credits. Music concentrators may select the remaining music courses in accordance with their personal interests. Students should acquaint themselves with graduate school requirements if they plan to do graduate work in composition, musicology, theory, or performance. The concentration advisor can assist students in arranging the best program in preparation for graduate studies and discuss the possibility of transferring into the School of Music.

Honors Concentration

Qualified students are encouraged to consider an Honors Concentration in Music. The standards for admission are a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and evidence of outstanding ability in music. Application is made and admission is granted to the Honors concentration during the first term of the junior year. Two additional courses (in performance instruction or at the 400-level or above) are required, and the primary focus of an honors program is a written senior Honors Thesis or a lecture recital with extensive program notes approved by a Music concentration advisor. Independent research study with an advisor may satisfy the additional course requirement (one term of 2 or 3 hours of independent study fulfills one term of the course requirement). Honors concentrators should elect one term of junior-senior seminar in Musicology or Music Theory.


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