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Music Major, B.A.

MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE CONCENTRATION

The music history and literature concentration requires a minimum of 37 credits in music, with at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above. Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits of their major at Hood, including the independent study, the senior project and 9 other credits of music history or theory, as appropriate.

Requirements for the Major
  • MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music (or Exemption Exam)
  • MUSC 101 Beginning Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 201 Intermediate Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 300 Monuments of Western Music or MUSC 299 Special Topics in Music
  • MUSC 301 Advanced Music Theory/Form and Analysis
  • MUSC 302 World Music
  • MUSC 303 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 304 Music History and Literature II
  • Applied Music 4 credits of applied music in any area
  • MUSC 470 Senior Project: Music History and Literature or MUSC 499 Departmental Honors

Two credits of music ensemble
Successful completion of a Piano Proficiency Exam or completion of 4 credits of piano (two of which must be earned at Hood).

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.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION

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, composition, and conducting.

The music performance concentration requires a minimum of 38 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 (or Exemption Exam)
  • MUSC 101 Beginning Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 201 Intermediate Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 301 Advanced Music Theory/Form and Analysis
  • MUSC 303 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 304 Music History and Literature II

10 credits of applied music in the area of the performance major
Three credits of music ensemble
Participation in at least two honors recitals
MUSC 474 Junior Recital
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.

PIANO PEDAGOGY CONCENTRATION

The piano pedagogy concentration is designed for students with strong piano skills who are more interested in becoming a private teacher than in being a performer. The concentration requires a minimum of 38 credits in music, 15 credits of which must at the 300 level or above. Students must be approved by the department before declaring this major; this would normally be done at the applied music exam preceding the semester of declaration. Transfer students are required to complete at least 13 credit hours of their major at Hood, including 6 credits of applied music, the junior recital, the independent study in piano pedagogy and the senior project in piano pedagogy.

Requirements for the Major
  • MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music (or Exemption Exam)
  • MUSC 101 Beginning Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 201 Intermediate Music Theory and Musicianship
  • MUSC 301 Advanced Music Theory/Form and Analysis
  • MUSC 303 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 304 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSE 261 Piano Ensemble I
  • MUSE 262 Piano Ensemble II
  • MUSC 375 Independent Study in methods and materials of piano pedagogy
  • MUSC 471 Senior Project: Piano Pedagogy
  • MUSC 474 Junior Recital
  • 8 credits of applied piano (6 credits must be at the 200 level or above)
  • 1 credit of applied harpsichord
  • 1 credit of music ensemble (other than MUSE 261-262)

*Specific course must contain piano emphasis and be approved by the music department.