The Department of Music is a major creative force at Colby that involves hundreds of students every semester, working and performing alongside world-class musicians and scholars. In addition to a wealth of performance, composition, and experiential opportunities, music students and faculty work together to explore new and evolving relationships among sound, art, media, culture, and technology, deeply engaging in the broad world of the humanities and beyond.
Co-Chairs, Associate Professors Lily Funahashi and Natalie Zelensky
Professor Steven Saunders; Associate Professors Lily Funahashi, Steven Nuss, and Natalie Zelensky; Assistant Professor José Martínez
Requirements for the Major in Music
Music 111, 181, 182, choice of two history courses from 241, 242, 341, and other courses approved by the department, 252 or 262, and 493 or 494; three four-credit electives in music at the 200 level or higher (MU153 can be counted as an elective); two semesters of applied lessons (both of which must be taken on the same instrument and for credit); and two semesters of ensemble participation.
The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses in music. No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
The following courses count toward the Music History requirement for majors and minors. Additional courses may be approved by the department.
MU 234 History of Rock
MU 242 Topics in Baroque and Classical Music
MU 275 Cultured Tough Guys: Samurai Devotion, Music, Poetry, and Arts
Requirements for the Major in Music-Interdisciplinary Computation
Music 111, 181, 182, 282, and 491 or 492 (in collaboration with computer science); one 200-level or higher music elective that has a computational or digital focus; two semesters of applied lessons (both of which must be taken on the same instrument and for credit); Computer Science 151, 231, 251 or 252; two of 351, 365, or other approved 300- or 400-level courses.
The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses in music and computer science. No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
A student may elect only one of the majors offered by the Music Department.
Requirements for the Minor in Music
Music 111, 181, 182; one semester of music history chosen from Music 241, 242, 252, 341 (or other courses approved by the department); two four-credit music courses at the 200 level or higher; two semesters of applied lessons (both of which must be taken on the same instrument and for credit); and one semester of ensemble participation. The College does not subsidize the cost of lessons for minors. For additional information concerning applied music options, refer to the statement below.
Honors in Music
An honors program is available to students majoring in music who have a 3.25 overall grade point average and a 3.50 average in the major. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the music major, honors students must take one additional course in music, approved by the department, at the 300 level or above; they must also complete the honors sequence (Music 483, 484) in one of four areas (theory/analysis, history/culture, performance, or composition/theory). During the second semester of the junior year, students seeking admission to the honors program submit a formal proposal outlining their proposed research or creative project to the department for approval.
Private lessons in voice and a variety of instruments are available, with or without academic credit (see Music 091, 191). MU111, 153, 181, 252 or MU2XX Introduction to Afro-Latin Music will fulfill the co-requisite for graded credit in Music 191 and 193. Fees for lessons, billed through the College’s Business Office, depend on the number of credits elected; consult the Music Department for specific charges. By electing any applied music, the student incurs a responsibility for the appropriate fee. Students electing Music 091 or 191 or taking extracurricular instruction must consult the applied music coordinator. Individual lessons/times are scheduled in consultation with the appropriate applied music associate.
Instruction in applied music is also available in January and may satisfy a January Program requirement; no academic credit for applied music may be earned in January. Music majors, beginning in the first semester of their sophomore year, are eligible for six semesters of subsidized instruction in applied music (Music 191 for two credits) in the instrument of their choice provided they continue to make satisfactory progress in the major. Majors in good standing are also eligible for an additional four semesters of subsidized instruction on a second instrument; however, the College will not fund more than two instruments per semester. Subsidies are not available for noncredit lessons. Students who either add or drop the major after the start of the semester will have their lesson fees prorated based on the date that the add/drop request was processed.