B.A. degree program in music
HEGIS code 1005
NYS SED program code 02021

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COHEN, DOUGLAS Undergraduate Adviser 718-951-5000 xt 5954 423 Whitehead Hall dcohen @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Office hours by appointment


These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2020 semester.
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Program requirements (54 credits plus language other than English or proficiency)

Music is a writing intensive major.

All music courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in music must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Two areas of specialization are offered in the bachelor of art degree program in music. They are music literature and music technology.

For academic year 2020-2021 only: The department chair may allow up to six credits of course substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

All students take the following:
Music 1300, 1400 (6 credits).

Students specializing in music literature take the following:

Music 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214 (8 credits).
Music 3221, 3222, 3223, 3224 (4 credits).
Music 3231 and 3232, or 3235; 3233 or 3236; 3234 or 3237 (12 credits).
Music 3241, 3242, 3243 (12 credits).
One course in American or non-western music, Music 4430 through 4449, or one specialized course in music theory, Music 4450 through 4479 (3 credits).
Music 3225 or 3791 and 3226 or 3792 (4 credits).
Two credits in ensemble performance from Music 3700 through 3781 as assigned by the Conservatory of Music (2 credits).
One seminar in music numbered in the 4900s or a suitable advanced course in another department or program, approved in advance by the director (3 credits).

Students who wish to be considered for performance lessons, Music 3791 and 3792, in place of advanced keyboard classes,Music 3225 and 3226, must demonstrate proficiency in an audition no later than the beginning of their junior year. Final approval will be given by the director.

Students specializing in music technology take the following:
Music 3101 (3 credits).
9 credits from Music 2100 through Music 2149 or Music 4440 (9 credits). 
Music 3260, 3261, 3262, 3263, 3264, 3322 (18 credits).
Music 3323 (3 credits).
Two semesters of Music 3744.  May substitute one semester with any ensemble from Music 3700 to Music 3781 as approved by the Chair. (2 credits). 
Music 5540 and a minimum of 4-credits from a combination of Music 5581, 5582, 5583 (7 credits)
Music 4870, 4871 (6 credits).