Academic music courses, private lessons, and nine performing ensembles are among the Bienen School’s diverse offerings for nonmajors.
Private Lesson Enrollment & Fees
GEN MUS 115 Nonmajor Piano and Organ (.5 credit), $315
- Section 21 Kan-Walsh (piano)
- Section 22 Kemper (organ)
GEN MUS 116 Nonmajor Piano (0 credit), $315
- Section 20 Bosits
GEN MUS 120 Nonmajor Strings (0 - .5 credit), $315
- Section 21 Keys (violin)
- Section 22 Keys (viola)
- Section 23 Keys (cello)
- Section 24 Keys (string bass)
- Section 26 Keys (guitar)
GEN MUS 121 Nonmajor Class Guitar, Beginning (.5 credit), $290
- Section 20 (meets twice weekly) Keys
GEN MUS 125 Nonmajor Winds and Percussion (0 - .5 credit), $315
- Section 21 Keys (trumpet)
- Section 22 Keys (horn)
- Section 23 Keys (euphonium)
- Section 24 Keys (trombone)
- Section 25 Keys (tuba)
- Section 26 Keys (flute)
- Section 27 Keys (oboe)
- Section 28 Keys (clarinet)
- Section 29 Keys (saxophone)
- Section 30 Keys (bassoon)
- Section 31 Keys (percussion)
GEN MUS 130 Nonmajor Jazz (0 - .5 credit), $315
- Section 20 Keys
GEN MUS 133 Nonmajor Class Voice, Beginning (0–.5 credit), $290
- Section 20 Lyashenko/Keys
GEN MUS 160 Nonmajor Private Voice, Beginning (0–.5 credit), $315
- Section 20 Keys
GEN MUS 260 Nonmajor Private Voice, Intermediate (0–.5 credit), $450
- Section 20 Keys
- Section 21 Keys
GEN MUS 360 Nonmajor Private Voice, Advanced (0–.5 credit), $450
- Section 20 Keys
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Academic Courses for Nonmajors
Note: Distribution areas are noted in parentheses for courses that fulfill distribution requirements in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
GEN MUS 170 Introduction to Music - An introduction to key concepts and contexts, guiding students to become informed listeners and critical thinkers with respect to a broad range of musical styles and genres and to acquire the skills and vocabulary to discuss and write about music effectively. Individual sections may vary from quarter to quarter; see specific section descriptions for more information. No previous musical training or ability to read music notation is required. (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)
GEN MUS 175 Selected Topics in Music Literature - Each year, several courses for nonmajors are offered addressing a variety of specific musical genres and topics from historical or cultural perspectives. The many recent Selected Topics courses have included History of Jazz, American Musical Theater, Piano History and Repertoire, and The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Please check listings and descriptions under this course number each quarter for specific offerings. (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)
GEN MUS 176 Selected Topics in Applied Music - Courses for nonmajors in areas such as composition, musicianship, and music technology—such as Songwriting and Recording Techniques—are periodically offered under this rubric. Please check listings and descriptions under this course number each quarter for specific offerings.
GEN MUS 220 History of the Symphony - Focused study of symphonic music through examination of numerous works and their composers from various periods. Particular attention to interdisciplinary research in a broader intellectual and cultural context. (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)
GEN MUS 230 History of Opera - The history of opera from its origins in late-16th-century Italy to the present day. (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)
GEN MUS 252 Harmony - A beginning-level course in music theory. Harmonic materials and tonal structures. Analysis of harmonic structures; harmonization of melodies. Musical materials from pieces employing tertian harmonies. (II. Formal Studies)
GEN MUS 253 Form and Analysis - An extension of GEN MUS 252 Harmony, with an emphasis on form and analytical content of music. Analysis of musical examples, with an emphasis on original composition. Prerequisite: GEN MUS 252 or equivalent.
GEN MUS 250 History of Rock - This course introduces students to a framework for critical engagement with the cultural practices of rock, primarily focusing on the 1950s to the present. A broad chronological survey of musical and historical developments will undergird an ongoing discussion of interrelated economic, social, and political issues. (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)
MUS_TECH 259 Introduction to Music Technology - Survey of music software, hardware, techniques and tools for the professional musician. Topics include basic acoustics, MIDI, audio recording and editing, effects, synthesis, and web publishing. Assignments include creative projects demonstrating the practical use of software tools. Consent of Instructor is required. Priority will be given to majors in the Bienen School of Music. (II. Formal Studies)
MUS_COMP 111-0 Class Composition - Class instruction in techniques of composition. May be repeated for credit.
The General Music minor requires a minimum of 6 credits:
- One music theory course, either GEN MUS 252 Harmony or GEN MUS 253 Form and Analysis (prerequisite: 252 or equivalent experience)
- One music history course (from GEN MUS or MUSICOL)
- One world music course (from GEN MUS or MUSICOL)
- One upper-level music history, theory, technology, or composition course
- Two credits of electives (can be additional music courses or a combination of ensembles and nonmajor lessons; students are required to audition for the nonmajor lesson program and for music ensembles)
Are auditions required for lessons?
Yes. Auditions are held the first week of classes in the fall quarter. Sign-up sheets for audition times will be posted.
What about guitar lessons or Beginning Class Guitar?
If you can read music or have any experience playing guitar, you should audition for private lessons. Otherwise, contact the program coordinator regarding Class Guitar. All guitar students must have a classical (acoustic) nylon-stringed guitar.
How do I get into an ensemble?
Contact the ensemble director regarding auditions and placement.
Do I need to register for lessons and ensembles?
Yes, students must register by the add deadline, even if the class is taken for 0 credit. To register for a class, lesson, or ensemble after the first week of classes, go to RCMA 2-115 or email email@example.com. A fee will be charged for courses added late.
My permission number didn’t work. Now what?
May I take lessons for 0 credit?
Private instrumental lessons, private voice lessons, and voice class may be taken for 0 credit. To register for 0 credit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I use practice rooms?
Nonmajor students registered for music lessons or ensembles may practice in Regenstein Hall. Practice facilities in RCMA are restricted to music majors only. Learn more about practice spaces.
How do I get into Regenstein?
Once you are registered for music lessons or ensembles, have your WildCARD activated in RCMA 2-000.