The Major in Music requires a total of ten 4-point courses (40 points) completed with a grade of C or better. It is designed to give the student a broad understanding of the various issues currently being discussed in musical thinking and research, as well as a theoretical background and the opportunity to engage in creative work. Qualified students can undertake advanced supervised research or composition in their senior year, leading to a thesis and the award of a degree with honors.
For students matriculating in CAS in or after fall 2016, the ten 4-point courses for the major are as follows:
- Music Theory I and II (formerly Harmony and Counterpoint I and II; MUSIC-UA 201 and 202)
- Aural Perception (MUSIC-UA 193), offered every fall
- Two courses in the area of "Music, History, and Cultures"
- Two courses in the area of "Sonic Art"
- Three electives, one of which must be designated as an "Advanced Course." The advanced course is taken in the fall of senior year.
Students may count up to four credits of performance instruction (taken in the Steinhardt School, in CAS through Independent Study, or through ensembles in either CAS or Steinhardt) towards the music major.
The department sponsors internships for music majors only.
To propose an internship:
• Write to the DUS with your internship proposal. You will need to provide the DUS with a letter from the sponsoring company that describes the duties to be assigned, and the number of hours to be worked per week. The internship may be paid or unpaid, and may be taken for 2 or 4 points credit. For a four-point internship, 10 hours of work per week is a general guideline. The sponsor must also state in the letter that they will submit an interim report and a final report on your work.
• The sponsor's obligations to the university during the time of the internship will include supervision of the intern and the two evaluations mentioned above. The final report must be on letterhead and signed by your company sponsor. It should evaluate your performance in detail.
• At the conclusion of the internship, you should submit to the DUS a paper of approximately five pages in length describing your internship work and how it relates to your academic program at NYU. It should describe what has been accomplished, and the value of the internship as it relates to your future career objectives.
Students may apply up to 4 credits of internship towards the music major.
Independent Study may be taken through the CAS music department for research in an area of particular interest, and in some cases, for applied music instruction. This option is generally available only to music majors, and students should apply to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Highly motivated students may take part in the department's honors program, which culminates during the senior year with an "Advanced Course" and an independent study supervised by a faculty member. Students must have a 3.65 GPA both in the major and overall to pursue honors. Students register for a semester or more of Independent Study (MUSIC-UA 997 or 998) in which they complete a capstone project in musicology or music history, ethnomusicology, analysis, or composition. This might take the form of an analytical or historiographical study of a major work or group of works, the writing of a musical composition of substantial dimensions, or a bibliographical study of a composer, all under the guidance of a faculty member. A student wishing to pursue departmental honors should apply to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. There are also three departmental prizes that the department awards to exceptional students. These are listed in the awards and prizes section of the CAS Bulletin.
Frequently asked questions
Q: When do I declare a music major/minor?
Ideally, a major/minor is declared between the end of your sophomore year and beginning of your junior year. This means you should be making contact with the department and the DUS during your sophomore year to look at requirements and how the courses would fit into your schedule over your remaining years. Many students choose to take at least one music course during their freshman or sophomore year to get a feel for the department and its curriculum.
Q: Can I have two or more majors/minors?
Yes, you can.
If you intend to have two majors, you must decide on your "primary major" and let the department know so it can be entered into Albert correctly.
Q: How do I declare a music major/minor?
· Majors are declared through the Department of Music, by meeting with the DUS to discuss your proposed course plan, and by then informing the department administrator who will enter your major into our system.
· Minors should inform the department administrator, who will officially register you. Minors may register by email. Our department administrator is Natasha Martinez (212-998-8302) email: Natasha.Martinez@nyu.edu.
Q: Can I place out of Theory I?
In order to place out of Theory I, you must take a diagnostic exam. This exam can be scheduled by contacting the Department Administrator, Natasha Martinez (212-998-8302 or Natasha.email@example.com). Placing out of Theory I allows you to begin theory with a higher level course, but does not reduce the overall numbers of points required for the major.
Q: Can I take graduate level courses in order to fulfill major/minor requirements?
A student will be permitted to enroll in a graduate level course in exceptional circumstances. The student must first obtain permission of the instructor of the course and then notify the DUS.
Q: If I am a transfer student, how many music major classes may taken outside of NYU? Minor classes?
At least half (20 credits) of the courses that count toward your major must be taken within the CAS Department of Music. For the minor, eight credits must be taken within CAS.
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS): Louis Karchin email: firstname.lastname@example.org