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
4
Music Theory
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
Performance
Select four semesters in a campus-based vocal or instrumental ensemble

Theory Courses

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, 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.

Performance

Music majors must participate in a minimum of four semesters in a faculty-led vocal or instrumental ensemble.  They can choose from the following options: 

Music Majors also have the option of applying four additional terms of Private Vocal (MUSC 1260 or MUSC 1261) or Instrumental (MUSC 1262 through MUSC 1270) Instruction towards the Elective requirement .  A lab fee covers the cost of the lessons.

Coached Chamber Music

Students can enjoy playing chamber music together in a coached ensemble (MUSC 1231).  The groups are coached by Fordham’s network of private music teachers.  Students are placed in appropriate small groups, with up to four players, by instrument and experience.  A lab fee covers the cost of the lessons. 

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.