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  • Music Drum Class

    The Music Department offers a music major at it's core includes courses in tonal theory and music history.

  • Student playing the piano

    Applied music lessons are available on campus for a wide variety of instruments to any currently enrolled full-time student.

  • Concert on the Green

    The Symphony performs at the Town of Davidson's popular Concert on the Green.


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Box 7131
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Music Major

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.

No Auditions to Major in Music

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.

Major Requirements

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:

  1. MUS 101 or 102
  2. MUS 121 or 122
  3. MUS 141
  4. Six electives; at least two of the electives numbered 300 or above
  5. Senior Seminar (MUS 401)
  6. Two semesters of ensemble

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 are expected to regularly attend the concerts, recitals, and lectures presented by the music department.