The music major program consists of 10 one-semester departmental courses and four semesters of campus-based vocal or instrumental ensembles:
|Introduction to Music History 1
& MUSC 2141
|Fundamentals of Keyboard Musicianship
and Keyboard Lab
|Music Theory I
|Music Theory II
|Music Theory III (or designated equivalent)
|Select three of the following:
|Rock and Pop Music Since World War II
|Music Before 1600
|Baroque Music: Music Between Ancients and Moderns
|Music, Enlightenment, and Revolution
|Music & the Age of Romanticism
|Music of the Modernist Age
|Race and Gender in Latin American Popular Music
|Ethnomusicology: Methods and Practices
|One of the following two options: 2
Two electives at the 2000-level or higher
One 2000-level elective plus four semesters of individual instruction
|Select four semesters of performance in a campus-based vocal or instrumental ensemble
Credits earned in MUSC 1231 Chamber Music Instruction may count towards this requirement. In addition, credits from any course with the subject code JUIL may count towards this requirement as a Music elective.
MUSC 1231 Chamber Music Instruction does not count as an ensemble towards this requirement.
Music majors may apply four semesters/sections of private vocal/instrumental instruction toward the elective requirement. Majors must enroll in one-credit sections of lessons in order to qualify for course credit toward the major. Majors who wish to continue beyond four semesters/sections should enroll, beginning with their fifth semester/section of lessons, in zero-credit sections. Majors who do not intend to complete the four one-credit courses should only enroll in zero-credit sections.
Students will be charged the cost of lessons; applicable fees or rates are published on the music department website.
|Vocal Instruction: Classical
|Vocal Instruction: Jazz
|Instrumental Instruction: Piano Classical
|Instrumental Instruction: Piano Jazz
|Instrumental Instruction: Guitar Classical
|Instrumental Instruction: Guitar Jazz
|Instrumental Instruction: Flute
|Instrumental Instruction: Clarinet
|Instrumental Instruction: Brass Horns/Saxophone
|Instrumental Instruction: Violin/Viola
|Instrumental Instruction: Cello
|Instrumental Instruction: Miscellaneous
|Instrumental Instruction: Drums
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, upon approval from the department, substitute Keyboard Musicianship (MUSC 2140/2141) with a music elective.
Music majors must participate in a minimum of four semesters/sections of performance; they may choose from among the faculty-led vocal and instrumental ensembles listed below. Majors must enroll in one-credit sections of ensembles in order to fulfill the requirement. Majors who wish to continue beyond four semesters/sections should enroll, beginning with their fifth semester/section, in zero-credit sections.
Some ensembles carry a lab fee: applicable fees or rates are published on the music department website.
|Concert Choir-Rose Hill
|or MUSC 1242
|Concert Choir-Lincoln Center
|or MUSC 1301
|Afro-Latin Music Ensemble
Coached Chamber Music
Students can enjoy playing chamber music together in a coached group (MUSC 1231). The groups are coached by Fordham’s network of private music teachers and count as a kind of music lessons. Students are placed in appropriate small groups, with up to four players, by instrument and experience. Students will be charged the cost of lessons (lower than individual lessons); applicable fees/rates are published on the music department website.
The major in music is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in music only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.
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 and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.
CIP Code50.0901 - Music, General.
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