The music program offers both a major and a minor, as well as courses and activities for non-majors. Courses are designed to teach students to listen to music intelligently, develop musical perception, master the skills of music, and apply them creatively. Our curriculum acquaints students with music across a broad stylistic, cultural, and historical spectrum. The study of music can open new perspectives on many aspects of culture and society, therefore Clark’s msuc program stresses the advantages of combining professional musical development with the humanistic breadth offered by a strong liberal education.
Courses and ensembles are open to majors and non-majors. Assignments and projects are designed to suit the different goals and backgrounds of the students in each category.
For more information, please visit the Music Department’s webpage.
All of the courses, seminars,and activities in the music program—with the exception of MUSC 180—are open to qualified nonmajors. Students who have a strong interest in music but whose major lies in another discipline can declare a minor in music. The music minor centers on a core of studies in one of five specific areas.
Nonmajors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts. The following musical activities - MUSC 070 Clark Concert Choir, MUSC 071 Clark Chamber Chorus, MUSC 072 Concert Band, MUSC 073 Chamber Music Ensemble, MUSC 074 Jazz Workshop and Combo, and MUSC 075 Sinfonia -are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Auditions are held during the first week of each semester. Although no credit is awarded, the transcript of any undergraduate who completes the assigned performance requirements will include a listing of the particular activity for which he or she was registered. Alternatively, all ensembles can be taken for credit if so desired. For each semester of an ensemble, students will receive one half course credit.
Private lessons for nonmajors and majors are offered with or without course credit in several areas. See MUSC 180 - Private Instruction in Instruments and Voice (for credit for majors and minors) and MUSC 018 Private Instruction for Instruments and Voice (noncredit).
A. Music Minors (other than Jazz)
1. Core requirements, taken by all minors (3 courses):
2. Minor Concentrations (3 or 4 additional courses each):
(b) Minor in History/Criticism
(c) Minor in Theory/Composition
2 Music Extension/Workshop courses with focus on theory/composition
(d) Minor in Music Technology
B. Minor in Jazz Studies
- MUSC 151 - Jazz History
- 2 semesters of MUSC 180 on a jazz instrument
- 2 semesters of MUSC 174 Jazz Workshop & Combos
John Aylward, Ph.D.
Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D. - Director
Matthew Malsky, Ph.D.
Richard Cain, M.Mus.
Sima Kustanovich, M.Mus.
Peter Sulski, B.Mus.
Juliana Anderson, B.A.
Jonathan Blumhofer, D.M.A.
Donald Boothman, B.A.
Chester Brezniak, M. Mus.
Stephanie Busby, M.Mus.
Jonathan Clark, M.Mus.
Michael C. Connors,
Joseph W. D’Angelo,
Tracy Kraus, M.Mus.
Brooks Milgate, B.A.
Shay Rudolph, M.Mus.
Robert Paul Sullivan,
Douglas Weeks, M.Mus.
Gerald Castonguay, Ph.D.
Wesley Fuller, M.Mus.
Hartmut Kaiser, Ph.D.