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.

The major culminates with Senior Seminar (MUS 401). A major may also apply for Honors in Music.

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.

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.

Music Student Handbook

The department handbook provides academic and administrative information about the Music Department at Davidson.

Music Department Handbook

Courses You Might Take

MUS 227

History of the Orchestra

Instructor
Keith

The social and institutional history of the orchestra in Western civilization from the Baroque to the present. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement. 

Prerequisites
No music training required. (Normally offered in alternate years)

MUS 122

Music of the United States

Instructor
Lerner

The cultivated and vernacular traditions of U.S. music from the Colonial period to the present. Focus on close listening and cultural trends. Topics include: parlor song, minstrelsy, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, blues, jazz, modernism, country, rock, postmodernism.

Satisfies the…

MUS 265

Intro Digital Music Comp

Instructor
Stasack

An approach to music composition using the platform of digital technology. Students will learn to implement contemporary compositional processes through the use of digital tools. Of particular emphasis is exploring the world of sound and its organization into…