Music Major (B.A.) - 36 credits

Major program

The music program offers two separate programs, each earning the Bachelor of Arts degree, the B.A. in Music and the B.A. in Music Composition.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music (36-credit minimum) is for those students who wish to have double majors, who might choose a related field (e.g., arts management, part-time performance careers in orchestras) or who simply want a concentrated exposure to music study. Students choose between five different concentrations: performance; history and literature; theory and composition; jazz; conducting. For those who intend to pursue graduate study in music or a performing career, the major program should be viewed as the minimum requirement. Such students should regularly seek the advice of department faculty in expanding their program to suit their particular needs and goals.

Performance Concentration.

Thirteen credits in theory and musicianship skills: MUS 11, 2, 82, 3, 7, 83, 4, 8. Nine credits of music history (any 2 from MUS 233, 234, 235, 236) and MUS 336; eleven credits in lessons, ensembles and recitals, and three credits in music electives. The student must perform a half recital in the junior year, a full recital in the senior year, and juries during the sophomore and junior years. Jury Requirement: see website at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inmsc/

History Concentration.

Thirteen credits in theory and musicianship skills: MUS 11, 2, 82, 3, 7, 83, 4, 8. Fifteen credits of music history (MUS 233, 234, 235, 236, 336) and eight credits in electives, lessons, and ensembles, of which at least three must be in performance, plus a variable number for MUS 350: Senior Project. The students must produce a major research project during the senior year.

Composition and Theory Concentration.

Eighteen credits in theory: MUS 82, 3, 7, 83, 4, 8, 243, 245. Six credits in music history (MUS 336 plus any one from MUS 233, 234, 235, 236) and eight in composition (MUS 253, 254), plus four in lessons or ensembles. Students must produce a substantial composition or theoretical analysis under the direction of department faculty during the senior year. A keyboard test is required to enter composition class.

Jazz Concentration

Thirteen credits in music theory and musicianship skills: MUS 11, 2, 82, 3, 7, 83, 4, 8 plus three credits in Jazz Theory, MUS 139. Six credits in Jazz History: MUS 128, 129 plus MUS 236. A minimum of four credits in small jazz groups, MUS 49 and six in jazz performance: MUS 24, 25. The student must undertake a senior project under faculty direction (MUS 350 for variable credit).

Conducting Concentration

Thirteen credits in music theory and musicianship skills: MUS 11, 2, 82, 3, 7, 83, 4, 8. Nine credits in music history (MUS 336, plus two from 233, 234, 235, 236). Four credits in conducting: MUS 321, 322 plus at least two Conducting Internships (MUS 311), of which one must be in orchestra. Six credits of performance electives (lessons and ensembles). A piano proficiency exam must be completed before the end of the sophomore year. The student must undertake a senior project under faculty direction.