Strings & Harp

Plan of Study: Strings and Harp

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Strings

The programs of study for String majors are designed to develop skilled performers in all areas of string technique playing.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / String Major (Violin, Viola, and Cello)

Total Curriculum Credits: 124

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500**)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
32 cr
  • Major Instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0211-0212)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500**)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
32 cr
  • Major Instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
    8 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST0051-0052)
    4 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500**)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
30 cr
  • Major Instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST0051-0052)
    4 cr
  • Orchestral Conducting (CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500**)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
30 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*All string players must participate in orchestra every semester until completion of the graduation jury; in addition, a minimum of 6 semesters of chamber music must be completed as assigned by the Ensembles Office.
**Students in the Zukerman Program register for OP1500 in place of LP1500.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / String Major (Double Bass)

Total Curriculum Credits: 120

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
32 cr
  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0211-0212)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
30 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST0051)
    4 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
28 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST0052)
    4 cr
  • Orchestral Conducting (CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music*** (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Half or Full Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
30 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*All string players must participate in orchestra every semester until completion of the graduation jury.
**Students in the Zukerman Program register for OP1500 in place of LP1500.
***Double bass majors must also complete two semesters of chamber music.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / String Major (Violin, Viola, and Cello)

Total Curriculum Credits: 50

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2051)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
12 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2052)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
12 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2151)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2152)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital***
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
13 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*All string players must participate in orchestra every semester until completion of the graduation jury; in addition, except for double bass, a minimum of 4 semesters of chamber music must be completed as assigned by the Ensembles Office.
**Students in the Zukerman Program register for OP1500 in place of LP1500.
***Required of all graduate string majors.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / String Major (Double Bass)

Total Curriculum Credits: 50

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2051)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2052)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2151)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
12 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Strings (ST2152)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble* (LP1500)**
    1 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital***
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
12 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*All string players must participate in orchestra every semester until completion of the graduation jury.
**Students in the Zukerman Program register for OP1500 in place of LP1500.
*** Required of all graduate string majors.

Harp

The programs of study for Harp majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for the instrument.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Harp Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 132

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR0451-0452)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP0211-0212)
    2 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR0451-0452)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0500-1999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR0151-0152)
    4 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR0451-0452)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
32 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0500-1999)
    6 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR0151-0152)
    4 cr
  • Orchestral Conducting (CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR0451-0452)
    2 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
32 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Harp Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 54

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR2151-2152)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR2451-2452)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR2151-2152)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR2451-2452)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
13 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR2151-2152)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Elective (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR2451-2452)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Orchestral Repertoire for Harp (HR2151-2152)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Theory Elective (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Harp Lab (HR2451-2452)
    1 cr
  • Large Performing Ensemble (LP1500)
    1 cr
  • Chamber Music (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
14 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.