Music Curriculum

Requirements for an AOC in Music include basic musicianship as well as developing informed approaches to music and sound.



Area of Concentration Requirements

An Area of Concentration in Music normally includes the following requirements:

  • Music Theory I & II. These two courses provide students a foundation in diatonic (Music Theory I) and chromatic (Music Theory II) harmony (Two Units).
  • Writing and Information Literacy: An introductory-level and intermediate-level writing-enhanced course (WEC) in music (Two Units).
  • Theory/History/Ethnomusicology/Composition music electives (including tutorials): Six to eight activities chosen in consultation with the advisor reflecting the student’s learning goals, including electronic music and production.
  • Keyboard Skills–ability to improvise harmony and sight read at a basic level. These skills can be acquired through enrollment in Keyboard Skills. Substitution of guitar or other harmony-based instrument possible with the approval of the faculty in music (one half unit to four units).

Highly Recommended courses and activities:
Secondary discipline: At least two courses or tutorials from a perspective outside of music that have implications for the study of music. These two courses could focus on anthropology (e. g. Anthropology of Performance, Ethnography), sociology (e.g. Sociology of the Arts), history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, political science, English,gender studies, environmental studies, biology, or any other discipline or area in which music as a subject may be considered. For advice in regard to your interests consult a faculty member in music.

Performance activities: while participation in music activities is not required, it is recommended for all the ways it might inspire new paths in experiencing sound and performance.

Private lessons: Private lessons are not required but support a student’s growth in musicianship.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Students at New College may combine their study of music with another discipline in what is often referred to as a combined area of concentration, or a “slash” AOC. A combined area of concentration including Music (a “slash” in Music), minimally requires the following coursework, as well as music as a component of the senior thesis and a faculty member in music serving on the baccalaureate committee:

  1. Music Theory I
  2. An introductory-level and intermediate-level writing-enhanced course (WEC).
  3. At least three additional music courses (Theory/History/Ethno/Composition) of the student’s choice

Performance activities are highly recommended.