Music Major

The music major program consists of 10 one-semester departmental courses and four semesters of campus-based vocal or instrumental ensembles:

CourseTitleCredits
Music History
MUSC 1100INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC HISTORY3
or MUSC 1101 OPERA: AN INTRODUCTION
Keyboard
MUSC 2140
MUSC 2141
BASIC KEYBOARD
and KEYBOARD LAB 1
4
Music Theory 2
MUSC 2145MUSIC THEORY I4
MUSC 2146MUSIC THEORY II4
MUSC 2147MUSIC THEORY III4
Music History
Select three of the following:12
MUSIC BEFORE 1600
BAROQUE MUSIC: MUSIC BETWEEN ANCIENTS AND MODERNS
MUSIC, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND REVOLUTION
MUSIC IN THE ROMANTIC CENTURY
MUSIC IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Electives
Select two electives at the 2000-level or higher
Music Ensembles
Select four semesters in a campus-based vocal or instrumental ensemble
1

Taken concurrently.

2

Taken in sequence.

The theory courses, which must be taken in sequence, are offered on a two-year cycle. Students unprepared for MUSC 2145 MUSIC THEORY I are required to take MUSC 2120 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY and MUSC 2121 EAR TRAINING, which will not apply toward the major. Students with keyboard proficiency may have the Basic Keyboard/Keyboard Lab requirement waived with approval of the department and should then substitute a music elective instead.

Music majors with a concentration in performance may take up to eight credits of private lessons on an instrument or voice, one credit per semester, on a pass/fail basis. (Students register for Vocal/Instrumental Instruction MUSC 1261 VOCAL INSTRUCTION: JAZZ-MUSC 1268 INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUCTION: BRASS HORNS/SAXOPHONE.) A lab fee covers the cost of the lessons. On the basis of annual auditions, the department may award some college grants covering the lab fee.

Ensembles

Music majors must also participate in a minimum of four semesters in a campus-based vocal or instrumental ensemble. At least two of the four semesters must be spent in the same ensemble, chosen from among the following: 

Other similar faculty-led ensembles:

  • MUSC 1301 JAZZ ORCHESTRA
  • MUSC 1291-MUSC 1298
  • MUSC 1300 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
  • MUSC 1230-MUSC 1239
  • or other approved organizations may count for the remaining semesters

For MUSC 1230-MUSC 1239 MUSC 1291-MUSC 1298 , and MUSC 1301 JAZZ ORCHESTRA, the ensemble incurs a lab fee.

Availability

The major in music is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and at Lincoln Center. Students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in music only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill and/or Lincoln Center campus.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.