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 295

Independent Study


Independent study in music under the direction of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic, and determines the means of evaluation.

Open to qualified students with permission of the chair.

MUS 401

Senior Seminar


A capstone seminar synthesizing historical inquiry, analytical methods, and performance practice along with techniques of music research, writing, and close listening. Topics chosen by the course instructor.

Limited to senior music majors; open to other qualified…

MUS 311

Music Technology & Production

B. Lawing

An introduction to digital sound design and music production. The class consists of several independent projects that examine various hardware and software instruments and processors, and apply them to various audio productions.

Does NOT satisfy a requirement.…