Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Music

Academics

Major / Minor

Wheaton's flexible major and five minors can be tailored to meet the needs of students with diverse musical interests. Through close relationships with students and careful advising, our faculty help majors and minors identify the courses, performance opportunities, independent study, extracurricular work, and internships that will help them achieve their career goals, whether in music graduate school, the music business, arts management or non-musical careers.

Major requirements

Music major worksheet

The major in music consists of 11.5 semester courses:

MUSC 114 Music Theory I: Fundamentals of Harmonic Practice
MUSC 115 Music Theory II: Tonal Harmony
MUSC 214 Music Theory III: Form and Analysis
or MUSC 215 Jazz Theory
or another theory course at or above the 200 level

MUSC 209 Western Music I: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque
or MUSC 210 Western Music II: Classical, Romantic, Modern

MUSC 211 World Music: Eurasia
or MUSC 212 World Music: Africa and the Americas

Two additional 200-level courses, other than the required history or theory courses.

Two 300-level courses to be taken at Wheaton.

MUSC 402 Senior Conference

One year (1 credit) of individual performance study and one year (.5 credit) of ensemble performance.

Students who place out of MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests must take electives within the MUSC catalog (not MUSP performance courses) to maintain the 11.5 credits required for the music major.

No course taken pass/fail can satisfy a major requirement.

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Minor requirements

Music minor worksheet

There are five minor concentrations in music, each involving five semester courses. For all minors 300-level electives should be taken at Wheaton.

Music history

MUSC 114, MUSC 115, MUSC 209, MUSC 210 and one music history course at the 300 level.

Students who place out of MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests should instead take MUSC 214 or additional music theory courses at or above the 200 level.

Music theory and composition

MUSC 114, MUSC 115, MUSC 214, MUSC 207 and MUSC 308.

Students who place out of MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests should instead take MUSC 208 or MUSC 302.

American music

MUSC 114, MUSC 115, two courses from MUSC 220, MUSC 223, MUSC 224, MUSC 262, MUSC 272 and MUSC 273 and MUSC 292, and one course in American music at the 300 level.

Students who place out of MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests should instead take MUSC 214 or an additional American music courses at or above the 200 level.

Ethnomusicology

MUSC 113 or MUSC 114, ANTH 102, MUSC 211 or MUSC 212, one course from MUSC 220, MUSC 221, MUSC 222, MUSC 223, MUSC 224, MUSC 262, MUSC 272, MUSC 273, MUSC 282, MUSC 292, and one course in ethnomusicology at the 300 level (MUSC 309 or MUSC 315).

Students who place out of MUSC 113 or MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests should instead take an additional ethnomusicology course at or above the 200 level.

Music performance

MUSC 114, MUSC 115, MUSC 214, another music course at or above the 200 level, two semesters of 300- or 400-level private lessons, and a half recital (MUSP 315 or MUSP 415) or full recital (MUSP 320 or MUSP 420).  Instructor permission required for all advanced performance study.

Students who place out of MUSC 114 or MUSC 115 through proficiency tests should instead take additional performance-related courses at or above the 200 level.

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