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Bachelor of Arts in Music - History Track

Bachelor of Arts in Music - History Track

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
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  • Study Level Bachelors
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The Department of Music offers a broad-based undergraduate major that combines the study of history, theory, composition, and performance. The core of the program consists of two years of theory (with associated labs that provide further training in the musicianship skills necessary for all musical endeavors), three semesters of the history of Western music, participation in University ensemble, and three electives chosen from a broad array of topics. Students may, if desired, opt for one of five specialized tracks within the music major or work with a faculty adviser to propose an alternate program in accordance with their own interests. History The track in history, open to qualified students, allows students to focus on the place of music in history through elective courses on historical topics chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser. Students are encouraged to select these courses from related disciplines to focus on a particular time or place. Learning Goals The learning goals for the Music Department are based on an integrated approach to the study of music, encompassing a number of perspectives: Music as a technical discipline, with its own notation, materials and forms. Music as an artifact of different historical periods, cultures and societies, both Western and non-Western, in written as well as oral traditions. The practice of music in the context of both performance and composition. Music as expression and communication, fostering a deeply sympathetic understanding of peoples, a sense of community, and a humane and tolerant outlook on the world. In addition to the general requirements for the Music Major, students may enrich their experience by choosing to pursue one of five specialized tracks offered by the Department. Whichever route a student follows, course-work is built on three essential ways of knowing about and experiencing the field of music. HISTORY TRACK As in the above track, students will enhance the major requirements with electives chosen in consultation with the History Track advisor. Through in-depth focus on specific composers and repertoires, and engagement in research and analysis, students will gain a fuller understanding of the changing ways in which music has served as a means of expression arising from the surrounding culture and ethos. This focus will enhance their own musical experience as well as preparing them for further graduate work in musicology.

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