The Music Department

The strength of Allegheny’s music program can be measured by the way music pervades the campus: one out of every 6 students is actively involved in a vocal or instrumental performance group. The department is deeply committed to the continuing musical education of majors and non-majors alike.

Major and Minor Programs

Outcome

  • Through the theory complex: Understanding of the materials of which music is put together.
  • Through the history complex: Understanding of the evolution of music and the mutual influence music and society have on each other.
  • Through the applied and ensemble programs: Understanding of the re-creative process and the self-discipline required to achieve it.

Major

The major program in Music leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and requires the completion of 48 semester hours of coursework including: 12 semester hours of music theory (Music 189, 288, 289, and 400); 12 semester hours of music history (Music 184, 286, 287, 384); 16 semester hours of ensemble participation and applied music at the 400-level on student’s principal instrument (either 10 semester hours in Music 430-479 and 6 semester hours in Music 430-479 or 530, or 11 semester hours in Muisc 430-479 and 5 semester hours in Music 430-479 or 530, or 12 semester hours in Muisc 430-479 and 4 semester hours in Music 430-479 or 530); 2 semester hours of post-tonal music, the Junior Seminar and the Senior Project.

Minor

Students may elect to pursue a music minor with one of three emphases: music theory, music history, or performance. A minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory emphasis: 12 semester hours of music theory (Music 189, 288, 289, and 400); 6 semester hours of music history (Music 184 and either 286 or 287); 6 semester hours on student’s principal instrument: 4 semester hours of applied lessons (Music 430-479 or 530) and 2 semester hours of ensemble participation (Music 110-118).

Music History emphasis: 6 semester hours of music theory (Music 189 and 288); 12 semester hours of music history (Music 184, 286, 287 and 384); 6 semester hours on student’s principal instrument: 4 semester hours of applied lessons (Music 430-479 or 530) and 2 semester hours of ensemble participation (Music 110-118).

Performance emphasis: 6 semester hours of music theory (Music 189 and 288); 6 semester hours of music history (Music 184 and either 286 or 287); 12 semester hours on student’s principal instrument: 8 semester hours of applied lessons (Music 430-479 or 530) and 4 semester hours of ensemble participation (Music 110-118).