The music department offers courses that encompass many subfields of the study of music, including performance ensembles and private lessons for credit, and courses that explore music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, electronic music, composition, and more. Many of our courses are cross-listed with other departments, including Anthropology, Film Studies, American Studies, Theater, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies.

We encourage students -- whether majors or not -- to consult with members of the music faculty about our current offerings, and to take courses that will help them to reach their musical goals.

Here is just a sampling of our 4-credit courses:

  • Music of the World
  • The American Story through Music
  • Thinking Musically: Foundations of Music Theory
  • Making Music with Computers
  • The Language of Jazz
  • Making Music at the Keyboard
  • Composing: Music as Place
  • Composing: Music as Expression
  • History of Jazz
  • The Electronic Musician
  • Theory 1: Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm
  • Theory 2: Color and Chromaticism
  • Music at the Movies
  • Western Music 1: Chant to Bach
  • Western Music 2: Mozart to Modern
  • Music, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Music, Culture, and Experience
  • Post-Tonal Theory

View all music course listings, descriptions and major and minor requirements in the College catalog.