Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
Students with a general interest in music can a variety of introductory courses including MUSC 010 (Introduction to Music); MUSC 012 (Pop Music in the USA); or MUSC 151 (Jazz History).
Students interested in the Music Program Major or Minor can consider taking 3 some of the Programs's three core requirements early: MUSC 100 (Studying Music Historically and Critically); MUSC 121 (Principles of Tonal Analysis); and MUSC 141 (Computers and Music). MUSC 021 is sometimes offered as an introductory music theory class, that prepares students for our required course (for those without prior experience in reading music). All students who are possibly interesed in a Major or Minor in music should take the music placement exam, which is easily found on Moodle and always available.
          MUSC 121 is offered every Spring semester and students should either take MUSC 021 if offered or simply complete the music placement exam offered anytime on Moodle. Click here to check Music course availability.
Q: What if I am interested in a Major or Minor?
Music students may concentrate in one of four areas: Performance, Composition & Theory; History & Criticism, and Music Technology. Students interested in other professional areas such as music therapy, management, ethnomusicology, or music education combine music courses with appropriate courses from other disciplines to create an individually designed major. The requirements for such pre-professional programs are jointly determined by the student and an advisory committee made up of one music faculty member and two faculty members from other disciplines.
Music majors interested in music education may take courses in the music curriculum in conjunction with courses through the education department.
Q: Is there a chance for me to perform on campus?
Yes! Non-majors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations, which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts. These groups include the Clark Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, the Sinfonia (string orchestra), Clark Concert Band and the Jazz Workshop Combos & Ensemble. At the start of each semester, look for notice of organizational meetings.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
Students and faculty can contact Professor John Aylward, Program Director for Music, for more information.