Major and Minor
Music majors, guided by their adviser, will choose six electives to create a path through the major.
A path allows majors to focus on a specific area of their choice, for example, instrumental or vocal performance, theory and composition, history and literature, or digital music studies.
Three introductory courses, reflecting a breadth of musical study, forms the basis of a music minor. You can choose up to three electives numbered MUS 200 or above.
Music majors and minors participate in both large and small ensembles, benefit from an active Concert Series, and have the opportunity to receive private instrumental or voice instruction from the best teachers in the Charlotte region.
Register for Music Lessons
Registration for music lessons is open during course selection and regular add/drop during the spring and fall semesters.
Register for Ensembles
Registration for ensembles is open during course selection and regular add/drop during the spring and fall semesters.
Choral and Vocal Auditions
Auditions for the Davidson College Choirs are held during the first week of classes each semester.
Formal auditions are required for the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (DCSO), Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo.
No Auditions to Major or Minor in Music
Davidson does not require auditions for acceptance into the college or to become a music major or minor. However, all students must meet the academic admissions criteria of the college.
A music major, like any other major, is declared by the student at the end of the sophomore year. Music minors are declared by the student no later than October 1 of the student's senior year.
Applied Music Lessons
While not required for the major, all music majors are encouraged to take applied music lessons. The college covers the fee for applied music lessons in one instrument or voice for music majors, but there are separate charges for additional instruction.
Concert & Lecture Attendance
Music majors and minors are expected to regularly attend the concerts, recitals, and lectures presented by the music department.
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