University of Pittsburgh

Music & Cultural History Track

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Music & Cultural History Track     42 credits   Music BA Curriculum

The Music & Cultural History track provides students with a background in the history, culture, and practice of music in the Western imagination. From Mozart’s Symphony No. 21 to K-pop band 2NE1, this concentration emphasizes diversity and depth of experience in historical developments and styles, giving students a wide-ranging liberal arts education grounded in Western history, critical thinking, and music literacy. Students will be challenged to develop rigorous writing and aural skills that prepare them to become critics and curators of music in Western culture. Download the Course Requirement Completion Checklist.

PREREQUISITE COURSE (must be completed prior to declaring the Music Major):

MUSIC 0100 – Fundamentals of Western Music – 3 credits

  • Students must earn a letter grade of B- or better in this course in order to declare a Music Major or Minor
  • Students may elect to take the Music Theory placement exam in lieu of enrolling in MUSIC 0100. A passing grade of 80% is required in order for the placement exam to meet this requirement.

CORE COURSES [21 credits]

   credits    course number & name

3        MUSIC 0222:           Music History 1

3        MUSIC 0411:           Theory 1

1        MUSIC 0412:           Musicianship 1

1        MUSIC 0416:           Musicianship 2

3        MUSIC 1310:           Introduction to Global & Popular Music

3        MUSIC 0711:           History of Jazz    -OR-

           MUSIC 1326:           Afro-American Music in the US

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

NB: Performance courses are either private lessons or ensembles.

Must include at least one world music ensemble, to be selected from the following:

MUSIC 0615: Carpathian / MUSIC 0660: African Drumming / MUSIC 0690 Gamelan

3        MUSIC 1904:           Senior Seminar

NB: All Core and Required Courses must be completed prior to registering for

MUSIC 1904: Senior Seminar. MUSIC 1903: Senior Project may be taken concurrently.

1        MUSIC 1903:           Senior Project

NB: See separate document detailing Senior Project parameters

REQUIRED COURSES [21 credits]

   credits    course number & name

3        MUSIC 0224:           Music History 2

3        MUSIC 0415:           Theory 2

3        MUSIC 0711:           History of Jazz    -OR-

          MUSIC 1326:           Afro-American Music in the US

NB: The course not completed as a Core Course will be a Required Course

3        MUSIC ____:           Elective: Course at 1200-level

3        MUSIC ____:           Elective: Course at 1200-level

3        MUSIC ____:           Elective: Course at 1200- to 1400-level

3        MUSIC ____:           Elective: Course at 1200- to 1400-level

 

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