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Music History and Literature

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The Bachelor of Music in Music History and Literature provides a rigorous core of courses in the history and literature of Western music and offers opportunities for deeper study in related fields such as music theory, literature, anthropology, philosophy, history and foreign languages. The degree culminates with an extended senior thesis under the mentorship of a member of the music history faculty. This degree is aimed primarily at students preparing to attend graduate school in musicology, although it might be of interest to students who are planning a career in a non-teaching, non-performing area of music such as ensemble management and representation, information sciences or educational media. 

Opportunities are available for supported summer research and independent study. Also available to our students is the opportunity for exploration of the school’s extensive collection of period instruments in our Early Music Ensembles, which gives students a chance to perform music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and Baroque Eras.

Students in this major have continued their studies in graduate programs in musicology at well-established programs such as those at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.

 

RELATED MAJORS

Music

Music Composition

Applied Music

Music Education

Music History and Literature

Music Management

Music Theory

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Music History
  • Private Weekly Instrumental or Vocal Lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Advanced Study in Music Literature, Western and Non-Western Traditions
  • Independent Research and Thesis Projects
  • German Language

CAREER OPTIONS

  • College Professor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Ensemble Management and Representation
  • Information Sciences
  • Educational Media
  • Copyright Consultant

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music Education
  • Music Business

What’s special about this program?

This major can be personalized to fit the academic and professional pursuits of each student, individualized to incorporate minors, Honors Degrees, Degrees with Distinction, service learning, study abroad and research. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, providing access to a passionate, invested and highly accomplished faculty comprised of professionally active performers, composers, educators, theorists and musicologists. The study of music at Delaware is enriched by nearly 300 performances each year by faculty, students, ensembles and guest artists. Additionally, the vast musical resources of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City are easily accessible to our majors.

Get Involved

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Mu Chapter)

Sigma Alpha Iota (Eto Rho Chapter)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

The Jazz Educators and Performers Association (JEPA)

Music Management Student Assoc (MMSA)

College Music Society (UD Student Chapter)

Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

American Musicological Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

A cappella and other musical groups

Nationally Connected Organizations

Ensemble Opportunities

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

GRMN105/106

 

German I/II
MATH113

Contemporary Mathemetics (or higher)

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance

MUSC151/152

 

Private Study

MUSC175/176

 

Class Piano I/II

 

MUSC185/186

 

Aural Skills I/II

MUSC195

 

Harmony I

MUSC430/MUSC433

 

Collegium/Still Breathing and Other Ensembles

 

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
University Breadth Requirements

 

 

FLLL105

 

Secondary Foreign Language
MUSC100

Recital Attendance

 

MUSC196/295

Harmony II/III

 

MUSC211/311

 

Music, History, and Ideas & Music History: 400–1600

MUSC251/252

 

Private Study
MUSC275/276

Class Piano III/IV

 

MUSC285/286

 

Aural Skills III/IV
MUSC430/MUSC433

Collegium/Still Breathing and Other Ensembles

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

MUSC100

 

Recital Attendance

MUSC296

 

Harmony IV

MUSC312/313

 

Music History: 1600-1827 & Music History: 1827 to the Present

MUSC430/MUSC433

 

Collegium/Still Breathing and Other Ensembles

MUSC335

 

Basic Conducting

MUSC351/352

 

Private Study

MUSC403/405

 

Chamber Music Literature/Symphonic Music Literature
MUSC419

Music Research Seminar

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

MUSC205

Music of the World

 

MUSC403/405

Chamber Music Literature/Symphonic Music Literature

 

MUSC611

Topics in Music History

 

UNIV401/402

Senior Thesis

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

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