Heather Buchman, Department Chair
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General Information for Music Concentrators

Requirements for the Concentration & Minor | 4-Year Plans for Concentration | Advising | Study Abroad | Department Honors & Scholarships

Requirements for a Concentration or Minor in Music

A concentration in music comprises 10 courses: 100, 201, 202; 210 or 211; 254, 259, or 260; 310, three full-credit electives at the 200-level or above (including at least one at the 300-level), and the Senior Project (452). Concentrators are also expected to participate in department ensembles in each semester. A more complete description of the Senior Project is available from the department, as is information about proficiency exams in musicianship skills. Students contemplating graduate work in music should consult with a member of the department at an early date. Department honors can be earned by students who have at least a 3.5 average in their coursework that counts toward the concentration as well as through distinguished achievement in Mus 550-551 (Honors Senior Project I-II).  A minor in music comprises five courses: a minor in music comprises five courses: 210 or 211, two courses from among 201, 202, and 254, 259 or 260; one course credit in performance (from among courses in solo performance and/or group performance); and one other full-credit course at the 200-level or above. Click here for Course Descriptions.
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Sample 4-Year Plans for Music Concentration

The following is only a suggestion of how the student might schedule his/her courses for the concentration.  Depending on the Music Theory Placement Exam results, a student may be able to begin Music Theory studies with Mus 210 rather than 110.  The department strongly recommends that students enroll in 180, 181, 280, and 281 when they begin Music theory classes (Mus 110, 210, and 310).  Mus 180, 181, 280, and 281 may be repeated for credit as necessary in order to pass proficiency. Students are also expected to participate in department ensembles in each semester.

Sample Schedule without Advanced Placement in Mus 210

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 100 110, 202, 181
Year 2 210, 180, 201 310, 280, 254/259/260*
Year 3 281, 200 or 300-level elective 200 or 300-level elective
Year 4 200 or 300-level elective 452

*Only one of these two courses are required.  Each is offered every other year, one each year.

Sample Schedule with Advanced Placement in Mus 210

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 210, 180, 181 310, 202, 280, 281
Year 2 201 254/259/260*
Year 3 200 or 300-level elective 200 or 300-level elective
Year 4 200 or 300-level elective 452

*Only one of these two courses are required.  Each is offered every other year, one each year.
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Advising

Music concentrators should consult the department chair at the time they declare the concentration.  The department chair will provide updated information about the structure of the concentration and the tentative schedule of course offerings for subsequent academic terms.  Also, the chair will discuss with each new concentrator his or her preference for an advisor from among the full-time faculty of the department.  To the extent possible, the chair will honor that preference.
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Advice Regarding Study Abroad

Music concentrators who choose to study abroad during their junior year should plan their course work in music carefully and with the advice of a member of the music faculty.  Since advanced courses required for the concentration have several prerequisites, students should begin their study of music history, music theory, and aural/keyboard skills as early as possible.  The department administers a placement exam each summer, and students wishing to concentrate in music are strongly encouraged to take the exam for possible advanced placement.  As a rule, students who plan to be abroad their entire junior year should have completed the following courses by the end of their sophomore year: Mus 110, 210, 310, 201, 202, either 254, 259, or 260, and 280 and 281.  Students who wish to complete a senior project in solo or jazz performance should be aware of the performance prerequisites for these projects; all senior projects have deadlines during the junior year which must still be met even if the student is abroad.  Finally, students should be aware that very few study abroad programs offer courses in music theory, history, or performance that will count for the concentration at Hamilton College;  thus, students should plan on completing their concentration through courses taken at Hamilton.
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Department Honors

Honors in music will be awarded on the basis of a cumulative average of 90 or above in all courses required for the major, as well as distinguished achievement on an Honors Senior Project.

Department Scholarships

The Madeleine Wild Bristol Prize Scholarship in Music, established in memory of Madeleine Wild Bristol, is awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior music student who is an outstanding performer, composer, scholar or leader in music and who also actively participates in athletics.

The Nelson Clark Dale, Jr. Prize in Music was established in memory of Captain Nelson Clark Dale, Jr., USMC, Class of 1942, by his parents, and is awarded to a student who has shown exceptional ability in music as a composer, interpreter or leader, or who has contributed most to the musical life of the College.

Other Scholarships and Fellowships

Students should be aware of a number of undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships and fellowships for which they can apply.  The earlier the student begins this process, the better.  Information sessions are scheduled early in the Fall by the Student Fellowship Coordinator, who should be contacted for further information and a list of the fellowships.  A list of fellowships, prizes, and scholarships can be found in the College Bulletin.
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