Three courses form the basis of the music major: Theory (MUS 101) or Contemporary Music Theory (MUS 102), Introduction to Music in Western Civilization (MUS 121) or Music of the United States (MUS 122), and World Musics (MUS 141). 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.
Music majors 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.
As a liberal arts institution, Davidson does not require auditions for acceptance into the school or into the music major. A music major, like any other major, is declared by the student at the end of the sophomore year. However, all students must meet the academic admissions criteria of the college.
Music majors are required to take the following courses. A complete list of courses and major requirements is available in the College Catalog.
Ten courses to include:
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.
Music majors are expected to regularly attend the concerts, recitals, and lectures presented by the music department.