The Music Major and Minor

Music Majors

The Music Major

Students who major in music at Mount Holyoke will take courses in all aspects of the field: theory, history, ethnomusicology, analysis, composition, and performance. The major requires a minimum of 32 credits in classroom courses and 8 credits in ensemble and performance studies. All majors must demonstrate a level of keyboard proficiency sufficient for the reading of elementary keyboard repertory.

Students can also plan a special (self-designed) major with a music component. Approval of the department chair is required and students must have a music department faculty member among their advisors.

See the Music chapter of the course catalogue for detailed information on requirements for the major.

In order to declare a major students must have already completed one course that leads to the minor, Music 100, 226,231, or 281.

Music Minors

The Music Minor

The music minor is a flexible program designed to be responsive to students' varied interests. The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits above the 100 level; students may choose from courses in theory, history, ethnomusicology, performance, or composition.

See the Music chapter of the course cataloguefor detailed information on requirements for the minor.n order to declare a minor, students must

In order to declare a minor a student must have already completed one course that leads to the minor, Music 100, 205, 215, 220, 226, 231, 239, or 281.