Academic music courses, private lessons, and eight performing ensembles are among the Bienen School’s diverse offerings for nonmajors.
Enrollment & Fees - Private and Class Lessons
GEN MUS 110 Class Piano (0 credit), $105
GEN MUS 115 Nonmajor Piano and Organ (.5 credit), $335
- Section 1 (piano)
GEN MUS 116 Nonmajor Piano (0 credit), $335
- Section 1
GEN MUS 120 Nonmajor Strings (0 - .5 credit), $335
- Section 1 (violin)
- Section 2 (viola)
- Section 3 (cello)
- Section 4 (double bass)
- Section 5 (guitar)
GEN MUS 121 Nonmajor Class Guitar, Beginning (.5 credit), $310
- Section 1 (meets twice weekly)
GEN MUS 125 Nonmajor Winds and Percussion (0 - .5 credit), $335
- Section 1 (trumpet)
- Section 2 (horn)
- Section 3 (euphonium)
- Section 4 (trombone)
- Section 5 (tuba)
- Section 6 (flute)
- Section 7 (oboe)
- Section 8 (clarinet)
- Section 9 (saxophone)
- Section 10 (bassoon)
- Section 11 (percussion)
GEN MUS 160 Nonmajor Private Voice, Beginning (0–.5 credit), $335
- Section 1
GEN MUS 260 Nonmajor Private Voice, Intermediate (0–.5 credit), $335-475
- Section 1 (Taught by faculty - $475)
- Section 2 (Taught by TAs - $335)
GEN MUS 360 Nonmajor Private Voice, Advanced (0–.5 credit), $475
- Section 1
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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, Celtic Music, History of Song, Music and Digital Cultures, American Folk Music, and The Beatles. 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 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)
GEN MUS 252 Introduction to Music Theory I - For non-majors. A basic course in fundamentals of common-practice tonal music, including harmonic structure and function, melodic construction, rhythm, meter, and harmonization of melodies. (II. Formal Studies)
GEN MUS 253 Introduction to Music Theory II - For non-majors. Study of musical forms – such as binary form, invention, fugue, theme & variation, sonata, etc. – and their application to works primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries by composers including Bach, Mozart, and Schubert, among many others. Prerequisite: GEN_MUS 252-0, or music-reading skills and some understanding of harmony. (II. Formal Studies)
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.
MUS_COMP 211-0 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 Introduction to Music Theory I or GEN MUS 253 Introduction to Music Theory II (prerequisite: 252 or equivalent experience)
- One music history course (from GEN MUS or MUSICOL)
- Two music academic courses chosen from GEN_MUS, MUSICOL, MUS_TECH, MUS_COMP, or MUSIC_ED
- 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. Learn more about scheduling Auditions.
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 (email@example.com) 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. Students interested in a jazz ensemble audition should contact Bernard Scavella firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
My permission number didn’t work. Now what?
Contact the faculty or staff member who issued the permission number for a replacement before the add deadline. Permission numbers may be used only once. After the add deadline, email firstname.lastname@example.org for late-add approval.
May I take lessons for 0 credit?
Private instrumental lessons and private voice lessons may be taken for 0 credit. Credit can be set at the time of registration in CAESAR or updated after registration using the Manage Classes tile in CAESAR. See instructions on editing course enrollment. Course credit cannot be changed after the add deadline for the quarter of enrollment.
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, contact email@example.com to have your WildCARD activated for access to Regenstein.