Whether it is a desire to broaden a cultural perspective or to pursue a professional career in music, students can find courses to satisfy any musical interest.
Music courses are open to all students who have fulfilled the pre-requisites or gained permission of the instructor. Admission to choral and instrumental ensembles is by audition only.
The program offers a disciplinary major and both a disciplinary and interdisciplinary minor.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Music or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
disciplinary, 12 courses
MUS 120, 121, 202, 203, 204, 231, 232, 401, 460; one additional course from MUS 130 or above; and two course credits earned through participation in a major choral or instrumental ensemble for four semesters, or by taking private instruction for four semesters, or by taking two semesters of ensemble and two of private instruction.
disciplinary, 6 courses
MUS 120, 121; two courses from the group MUS 202, 203, or 204; one additional course from MUS 130 or above; and one course credit earned through participation in a major choral or instrumental ensemble for two semesters, or by private applied instruction for two semesters.
interdisciplinary, 7 courses
MUS 120, 121; two from the group MUS 202, 203 and 204; one non-music elective course from art, history, education, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, languages, dance, or another department, chosen in consultation with the adviser; two course credits earned through participation in a major choral or instrumental ensemble, or by private applied instruction, for four semesters.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to educate students in Music history, theory and performance.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Music a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Explore Beethoven's compositions as well as his place in history, his personality, his leading the way to individualism and subjective feeling in music, and his vision of human freedom and dignity. Then learn about some of the ideas that might have influenced Beethoven by enrolling in HIST 301 The Enlightenment.
Asian performing arts have unique, valid approaches to the organization of sound and time. Among the repertories studied are the classical music and dance of India, Indonesian gamelan, Chinese Opera and the theatrical traditions of Japan. Next, enroll in ART 103 East Asian Art Survey and examine principal monuments and developments in a variety of media.
Develop a hearing mind from the Western classical tradition and become a listener or performer who can perceive sound in meaningful patterns. Learn the theoretical knowledge necessary for analysis and composition and the aural skills needed for perception and performance. Then, expand your knowledge even further either by enrolling in MUS 121 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills II or signing up for a private instruction course.