Heather Buchman, Department Chair
315-859-4568 (fax)
Office: List 233


Information for Prospective Students

Submitting an Audition Recording with your Application to Hamilton

When you apply to Hamilton College, it is recommended that you include an audition recording (submitted online) with your application; you may contact the Admission Office for more information on submission.  It will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty member in the Music Department.  Please include two musical works (or movements of works) that demonstrate contrasting styles, and that best show your musical abilities.  We also encourage you to visit campus and contact a member of the department for an informal meeting about the musical opportunities at Hamilton College.

Performance Opportunities

The Music Department's many performance opportunities include ensembles, private lessons, and working as paid accompanists.  Click here for information about Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Masterworks Chorale, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles for woodwinds and strings.  For information about private lessons, click here.  For information about the Student Staff Pianists Program, click here.

Advanced Placement

Music Theory Placement Exam

During the summer, as part of the On-line Advising Tour administered by the Registrar, the music department offers an on-line music theory placement exam to each incoming class.  Depending on the results on the exam, students may place out of Mus 110 (Theories of Music: Fundamentals) and be allowed to enroll in Mus 210 (Theories of Music: Harmony & Counterpoint) or any other course with a prerequisite of Mus 110.  All students with a background in music are encouraged to take the placement exam, and prospective concentrators are especially urged to do so.  See or e-mail Prof. Hopkins if you wish to take the placement exam and did not complete it during the summer.  Click here to download a copy of the exam.

If you wish to prepare for the exam, you may want to consult this text/workbook: 
Claire Boge, John Clough, & Joyce Conley.  Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm, and Meter, 3rd ed.  New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.

AP Exam in Music Theory

Students who receive a 5 on the AP exam in Music Theory are placed in Music 210 and will receive 1 advanced placement credit upon completion of Music 210 with a minimum grade of B in the course.