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Music Course Requirements

Music Major Requirements (minimum 45 credits)

Upon admittance to the school, incoming freshman and transfer student music majors should contact
the music program coordinator for information on placement exam and audition dates: Prof. Schiavo
or call 856.225.6539 or 6176.

Students majoring in music must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses:

Music Core Requirements (26 credits):
50:700:161-162 Basic Musicianship I,II (2,2)
50:700:205-206  Basic Musicianship III,IV (2,2)
50:700:225-226  Music Theory I,II (3,3)
50:700:271 Computer Applications in Music (3)
50:700:291,292 History of Music I,II (3,3)
50:700:325 Music Theory III (3)

Performance (7 Credits):
50:701:161,162,261,262 Piano (1,1,1,1) and pass keyboard competency examination by the end of junior year
50:701:140 Rutgers Choir (3) or 50:701:347 Madrigal Ensemble (3) or 50:701:348 Performance Ensemble (3)
or 50:701:321 Jazz Ensemble I

Performance Electives:

50:701:322 Jazz Ensemble II

History/Theory Concentration (15 Credits):

50:700:293,294 Music History III, IV (3,3)
50:700:203 Introduction to World Music (3) or 50:700:413 World Music (3)
50:700:305 Gender in Music (3)
50:700:332 Advanced Theory and Analysis (3)
50:700:337 History of Opera (3)
50:700:415 Senior Seminar in  Music (3)

History/Theory Electives:

50:700:272 Computer Applications in Music II (3)
50:700:321 Counterpoint (3)
50:700:385 Introduction Musical Composition (3)
50:700:390 Electronic Music
50:700:490 Music Internship (BA)
50:700:495-496 Honors in Music (3,3)

Music majors with a concentration in history/theory are required to take a comprehensive examination in music history
and theory during their senior year. Please see the music program webpage for information: http://finearts.camden.rutgers.edu/music.

Electroacoustic Composition/Theory Concentration (15 Credits):

50:700:173 Studies in Composition I (3)
50:700:390 Electronic Music (3)
50:700:391 Music and Computers (3)
50:700:392 Topics in Electroacoustic Music (3)
50:700:393 Electroacoustic Composition and Performance (3)

Composition Electives:
50:700:174 Studies in Composition II (3)
50:700:321 Counterpoint (3)
50:700:332 Advanced Theory and Analysis (3)
50:700:373 Composition (3)
50:700:421 Advanced Theory and Analysis (3)
50:700:449 Audio Post-Production (3)
50:700:491 Electronic Music Internship (BA)
50:700:495-496 Honors in Music (3,3)

Music majors with a concentration in electroacoustic composition/theory are required to submit a portfolio of their work
and take a comprehensive examination in music theory during their senior year. Please see the music program webpage
for information: http://finearts.camden.rutgers.edu/music.

Recommended courses in foreign language:
50:470:102 Elementary German II (4), or 50:560:102 Italian II (4)
Attendance at 10 college recitals or concerts each academic year

Transfer students should consult with the music program coordinator prior to enrollment.

Music Minor Requirements (minimum 20 credits)

50:700:125 Introduction to Music Theory (3)
50:700:161 Basic Musicianship I (2)
50:700:202 Introduction to Music (3)
or
50:700:203 Introduction to World Music (3)
or
50:700:413World Music (3)
50:700:225-226 Music Theory I,II (3,3)

  • A minimum of 6 credits of music history.
  • Attendance at five college recitals or concerts each academic year strongly recommended.

Music Major with Teacher Certification (minimum 44 credits)

Students seeking teacher certification in music must complete the following requirements for music. For details regarding
admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and its requirements, students should consult both their program director and
the director of the Teacher Preparation Program.

50:300:443 Materials and Methods of Teaching Music (3)
50:700:161-162 Basic Musicianship I,II (2,2)
50:700:202 Introduction to Music (3) (or credit by examination)
50:700:203 Introduction to World Music (3)
or     50:700:413 World Music (3)
50:700:225-226 Music Theory I,II (3,3)
50:700:292, 293 History of Music I, II (3,3)
50:700:329 Introduction to Conducting (2)
50:701:161,162, 261,262 Piano (1,1,1,1) and pass keyboard proficiency examination
50:701:348 Performance Ensemble (1)
50:701:471 Instrumental Methods: Percussion (1)
50:701:478 Instrumental Methods: Strings (1)
50:701:488 Instrumental Methods: Woodwinds (1)
50:701:494 Instrumental Methods: Brass (1)

Attendance at ten college recitals or concerts each academic year.


Performance Studies (Applied Music 701)

The aim of performance studies is to present music as a liberal art, for its value as literature and as a record of one aspect of human achievement. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire and improve performing techniques as a necessary means of cultivating the art. The music program offers instruction in instrumental and vocal music with a distinguished faculty of artist associates and welcomes students at all levels, including beginners. Note that an additional fee for private instruction is required.