Major and Minor Requirements

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Music major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • apply the critical listening skills, leadership, and personal responsibility necessary to collaborate with others in performance;
  • practice her voice or instrument effectively in order to improve specific areas of musicianship, including setting goals, isolating musical passages, learning to properly use a metronome, and working with a sense of purpose;
  • evaluate technical and interpretative elements of other performers in live and mediated musical settings;
  • compare and contrast, as well as perform, diverse repertoire appropriate to the student’s individual ability;
  • overcome obstacles that impede artistic and technical development;
  • experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with setting a performance goal and achieving it;
  • collaborate with other musicians in performance;
  • connect the history of music to the performance of music;
  • demonstrate in written and oral forms knowledge about western art music from different historical eras, including major figures, representative works, style characteristics and forms, and the social, cultural, and political significance of music;
  • demonstrate in written and oral forms knowledge about music from different traditions around the world, including its commercial, historical, political, ritual, martial, and other sources of significance;
  • apply various methods of research and information gathering, and effectively communicate the results in various oral and written forms;
  • grasp music’s role as fundamentally relevant to human life across the globe, and think critically about its meaning in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Advising

All tenure-track music faculty members (Laird, J. Solomon, and Q. Solomon) are available as advisers to music majors and minors. Students must formally declare music as a major or minor (with the Registrar’s office) in order to avoid being billed for the full cost ($580) of applied music lessons. Doing so requires consultation with the faculty member who will serve as the student’s departmental adviser. Faculty advisers are also available for consultation with regard to graduate school and career planning and preparation. To view current course offerings, visit ASCAgnes online.

Requirements for the Music Major

Music History and Theory Courses:
106; 109; 110; 209; 210; one additional course in Music History at the 200-level; 301; 302; one additional course in Music History or Theory at the 300-level; and 480. Students must choose to emphasize either music theory; music history or world music; OR composition or performance. Students with an emphasis in performance or composition must perform a senior recital (499). Note: Music 109 or passing a music theory placement exam is a perquisite for Music 110, and both Music 106 and 110 are prerequisites for 300-level courses.

Applied Music:
A minimum of 6 semester hours in one instrument or voice for those emphasizing music history or theory is required. A minimum of 8 semester hours for those emphasizing performance or composition (including MUS 499, Senior Recital) is required. A maximum of 18 semester hours in applied music. Students concentrating in voice must also demonstrate proficiency on piano.

Ensemble Experience:
A minimum of two years (4 semesters) in an approved College ensemble is required. Students should begin this four-semester sequence in their sophomore year if anticipating student teaching during the spring semester of their senior year or studying abroad during their junior year.

The minimum number of credits required for a music major at Agnes Scott is 44. Please visit the course catalog for more information on courses offered and the music major and minor.

Requirements for the Music Minor

A minimum of twenty (20) hours in the department including Music 106, 110 and 4 semesters in one applied music area and one ensemble is required. A minor program may have an emphasis in performance, composition, theory, or history, but its specific design must be created with the guidance and approval of the student’s departmental advisor. Note: Music 109 or passing a music theory placement exam is a prerequisite for Music 110.

Recommended Course Sequences

NB: Completing the major in two years is only possible with summer school credit; students wishing to do this should consult with a faculty member.


The Four-Year Plan

Year 1 Fall: 106 (4); [109 (4)]; applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6 or 10
  Spring: 110 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6
Year 2 Fall: 209 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6-10
  Spring: 210 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1)
Students should take a 200-level course in Fall or Spring of this year.
Total Hrs.: 6-10
Year 3 Fall: 301 or 302 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1); Junior Recital, if applicable (2) Total Hrs.: 6 or 8
  Spring: 300-level course (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6
Year 4 Fall: 301 or 302 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6
  Spring: 480 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1); Senior Recital, if applicable (2) Total Hrs.: 6 or 8


The Three-Year Plan

Year 1 Fall: 106 (4); [109 (4)]; applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6 or 10
  Spring: 110 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6
Year 2 Fall: 209 (4); 301 or 302 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1); Junior Recital, if applicable (2) Total Hrs.: 10 or 12
  Spring: 210 (4); possibly 300-level course (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6 or 10
Year 3 Fall: 301 or 302 (4); applied (1); ensemble (1) Total Hrs.: 6
  Spring: 480 (4); possibly a 300-level course (4); applied (1); ensemble (1); Senior Recital, if applicable (2) Total Hrs.: 6-7 or 10 or 12