Major program: Undergraduate and graduate students enjoy the benefits of a rigorous and creative liberal arts university experience, marked by intimate individual and small group study, along with diverse offerings in musics from around the world.  Majors take four courses in each of three capabilities: Theory/Composition, History/Culture, and Performance, as well as two additional courses on the 300-level Seminar for Music Majors. The required Senior Project or Senior Honor's Project (Thesis) may increase the allowable music department credits applied toward graduation to 15 or 16, respectively. Prerequisites to the major are one year of music theory (MUSC 103, MUSC 201) or passing the equivalent by exam, one course in the History/Culture capability and one performance course (excluding private lessons).

Sample Performance Groups: Taiko Drumming (Japanese Drumming); Ebony Singers: Gospel Music; Javanese Gamelan; Opera and Oratorio; Jazz Orchestra; Chinese Music Ensemble

Sample Courses:  History of African American Music; Theory of Jazz Improvisation; The Study of Film Music; Music, Recording, and Sound Design; 20th-Century Compositional Techniques; Music and Theater of Indonesia; Current Issues in Ethnomusicology

Number of Professors: 21

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Title: Faculty Spotlight
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Neely Bruce

Professor of Music


Research Interests: Neely Bruce is a prolific and eclectic composer, conductor, accomplished pianist and scholar of American music.  His largest work is entitled Convergence. Commissioned by the American Composers Forum, as part of its Continental Harmony project, it premiered June 18, 2000 as part of the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. His opera Hansel and Gretel, commissioned by Connecticut Opera, received its first performances as a chamber work for children in 1997.