Music Major

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

Course Title Credits
MUSC 1100Introduction to Music History 13
MUSC 2140
MUSC 2141
Fundamentals of Keyboard Musicianship
and Keyboard Lab
4
MUSC 2145Music Theory I4
MUSC 2146Music Theory II4
MUSC 2147Music Theory III (or designated equivalent)4
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 of the Modernist Age
Race and Gender in Latin American Popular Music
Ethnomusicology: Methods and Practices
One of the following two options: 28
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 ensemble4
1

Students in the FCRH Honors Program may fulfill this requirement with HPRH 1204 Foundational Topics: Art/Music History.

2

In addition, credits from any course with the subject code JUIL may count towards this requirement as a Music elective.

Individual Instruction

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.

Course Title Credits
MUSC 1260Vocal Instruction: Classical1
MUSC 1261Vocal Instruction: Jazz1
MUSC 1262Instrumental Instruction: Piano Classical1
MUSC 1263Instrumental Instruction: Piano Jazz1
MUSC 1264Instrumental Instruction: Guitar Classical1
MUSC 1265Instrumental Instruction: Guitar Jazz1
MUSC 1266Instrumental Instruction: Flute1
MUSC 1267Instrumental Instruction: Clarinet1
MUSC 1268Instrumental Instruction: Brass Horns/Saxophone1
MUSC 1269Instrumental Instruction: Violin/Viola1
MUSC 1270Instrumental Instruction: Cello1
MUSC 1273Instrumental Instruction: Miscellaneous1
MUSC 1274Organ Instruction1
MUSC 1280Instrumental Instruction: Drums1

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, upon approval from the department, substitute Keyboard Musicianship (MUSC 2140/2141) with a music elective.

Performance

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.

Course Title Credits
MUSC 1241Concert Choir-Rose Hill1
or MUSC 1242 Concert Choir-Lincoln Center
MUSC 1245Women's Choir1
MUSC 1281Orchestra1
MUSC 1291Jazz Ensemble1
or MUSC 1301 Jazz Orchestra
MUSC 1300Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 1302Afro-Latin Music Ensemble1
MUSC 1303Collegium Musicum1
MUSC 1231Chamber Music Instruction1

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. Students will be charged the cost of lessons; applicable fees/rates are published on the music department website. 

Availability

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.