Music majors at Dominican University can choose an emphasis in performance (guitar, oboe, percussion, piano, voice), or history/theory/composition. Students who wish to major in music will take the majority of their classes, including the Core Curriculum and electives, at Dominican, but are also able to take classes at neighboring Concordia University to complete their major requirements. They would create a program of study in music in consultation with the Director of the Music Discipline.

Under a cooperative exchange plan, full-time Dominican students may take one or two courses per semester at Concordia. Music majors are an exception to this limit and may take more than two. There is no additional fee for this privilege, but the exchange agreement does not cover special fees for any music lessons. Students register first at Concordia to confirm that there is room in the course, then at Dominican. Concordia is located a half-mile east of Dominican’s Main Campus and across from Dominican’s Priory Campus.

Students may also create their own interdepartmental major or minor, combining courses from Music and other departments (such as Music & Business Administration). Students choosing an interdepartmental major or minor may devise programs suited to their particular needs and interests. Each student, in consultation with a committee of faculty members from the departments involved, submits a written plan of study, including a detailed rationale for the proposed major or minor and for the courses selected. If the plan is approved by the committee and the dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, it will be filed with the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences. Interdepartmental major or minor plans of study must be approved prior to completion of 90 semester hours.

Students who wish to minor in music can complete all of the needed coursework at Dominican.

For more information please contact the Director of the Music Discipline.

Elective Study

Music courses—fundamentals, theory, history, survey, and applied music—are available to the general college student as electives; some courses fulfill the fine arts core curriculum area requirement. For some classes, a proficiency evaluation and consent of instructor are required.

Applied Music

Applied music instruction is offered in both individual and group lessons settings, depending upon evaluation and consent of instructor. Repertoire, technical studies, and final performance criteria (juried exam, formal recital, public performance, or master class participation) are assigned according to the proficiency level of the student and the number of semester hours of applied music courses completed. Practice room facilities are available without charge to students currently enrolled in applied music course.

Music History and Literature Courses

These courses are available to the general college student. No formal knowledge of music is necessary. Considerable attention is given to contemporary social and cultural developments as well as to music.

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