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Music Major with Music Performance Concentration, B.A.

Students can major in the following areas of performance: voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, Euphonium, guitar and composition.

The music performance concentration requires a minimum of 35 credits in music, with at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above. Students must audition for the department before declaring a major in music performance. Transfer students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours of their major at Hood, including 6 credits of applied music, the senior recital and at least one semester of music history. Credits earned by exam do not count toward the minimum credits to be earned at Hood.

Requirements for the Major
  • MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music
  • MUSC 101 Theory I
  • MUSC 102 Theory II
  • MUSC 201 Theory III
  • MUSC 202 Theory IV
Two courses from the following:
  • MUSC 303 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 304 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 305 Music History and Literature III
One course from the following:
  • MUSC 299 Special Topics in Music
  • MUSC 300 Monuments of Western Music
  • MUSC 302 World Music

10 credits of applied music in the area of the performance major
Four semesters of music ensemble—piano performance majors must take MUSE 261 and MUSE 262 to satisfy this requirement.
Participation in at least two honors recitals
MUSC 475 Senior Recital


Piano Proficiency Examination Requirements: Students will be expected to: (1) be able to play all major and minor scales, parallel motion, two octaves and primary chords in all keys, (2) play two pieces of early intermediate difficulty (e.g., a selection from the “Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook,” a quick movement from a classical sonatina, a selection from Schumann’s “Kinderszenen,” etc.) and (3) sight-read a chorale or easy piano piece. It is strongly recommended that this exam be taken no later than first semester of the junior year, so that there will be sufficient time left for any remedial piano that may be needed.