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, a special major, or a minor, students must have already completed one course at Mount Holyoke that leads to the major or the minor, either Music 100 or 231.

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 catalogue for detailed information on requirements for the minor.