Music: History

All prospective undergraduate music majors must audition on an instrument or voice and be accepted into the Mead Witter School of Music at the music major level (200 level) of performance study according to standard admission procedures. For students desiring to major in music history, subsequent private lessons are not required and may only be available as space permits in individual studios.

Students interested in this major must talk with the MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music or MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music professor (whichever course they are enrolled in at the time) and/or the chair of the musicology area. In addition, they must notify the music advisor of their intentions.

Students must prepare the petition for admission to the major during the semester in which they are taking the second music history survey course. They must also be completing or have already completed MUSIC 221 Musica Practica 3/MUSIC 271 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3 and MUSIC 222 Musica Practica 4/MUSIC 272 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 4. The petition must consist of:

  1. a written request to the chair of the musicology area outlining the reasons they wish to declare a major in music history and
  2. a selection of papers and other written assignments completed for MUSIC 211MUSIC 212, and other academic music courses.

All application materials must be submitted to the chair no later than the end of the semester they are completing the MUSIC 211MUSIC 212 sequence. Applicants must also submit a campus copy of their transcript once final grades have posted.

Musicology faculty will consider the application at the next meeting of the musicology faculty. Applications submitted in May at the completion of MUSIC 212 will be reviewed in September. The Area will decide whether to admit students to the music history major on the basis of grades in MUSIC 211 and MUSIC 212, cumulative grade point average (GPA), samples of written prose, and letters of application. The admission decision is based on multiple factors, and there is no minimum GPA that will guarantee admission to the music history major. However, the musicology faculty does expect that a serious applicant would have attained minimum GPAs of 3.250 in the following areas:

  1. MUSIC 211 and MUSIC 212;
  2. other academic music courses;
  3. the UW–Madison cumulative GPA.

As with admission to all majors within the Mead Witter School of Music, the musicology area faculty has the final authority to accept or deny a petition for admission.

The area will assign each admitted student a faculty advisor for planning advanced work in the major and supervising the senior capstone paper.

Students may not enroll in more than one advanced music history course following completion of MUSIC 211MUSIC 212 pending acceptance to the major.

Students wishing to apply to the major after completion of MUSIC 211MUSIC 212 and/or after completion of more than one advanced musicology course must submit an additional petition explaining why they are applying late. If a late applicant is admitted, the Area may choose to accept all, part, or none of the advanced-level work completed prior to acceptance to the major.

Music: History Option Requirements

To qualify for the music history option, a student must earn a grade of C or better in each music course taken after formal admission to and declaration of the option.

Music Courses in Music Theory
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 171
Musica Practica 1
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 1 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 172
Musica Practica 2
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 2 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 271
Musica Practica 3
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 222
MUSIC 272
Musica Practica 4
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 4
4
Music Courses in Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Music Courses in Advanced-level Music History
Select four of the following:
Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas
Musical Cultures of the World
Musical Cultures of the World
Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion
Seminar: Cultural Study of Music
Survey of Music in the Middle Ages
Survey of Music in the Renaissance
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Music Course for Senior Capstone Paper
MUSIC 499 Directed Study3
Music Elective Courses
Select 3 credits of music electives3
Music Course in Piano
MUS PERF 102 Beginning Class Piano (or pass proficiency exam)2

Residence & Quality of Work

2.000 GPA in all MUSIC, MUS PERF and major courses

15 credits in MUSIC and/or MUS PERF, taken on campus

Courses that count toward this requirement are:

Music (660) Courses
MUSIC 40 Wind Ensemble1
MUSIC 41 Concert Band1
MUSIC 50 Concert Choir1
MUSIC 52 Women's Chorus1
MUSIC 53 Choral Union1
MUSIC 55 Masters' Singers1
MUSIC 61 Chamber Orchestra1
MUSIC 62 University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 221 Musica Practica 33
MUSIC 222 Musica Practica 43
MUSIC 256 University Opera1-2
MUSIC 262 Jazz Ensemble1
MUSIC 265 Ensemble-Woodwind1
MUSIC 266 Black Music Ensemble1
MUSIC 267 Ensemble-Brass1
MUSIC 268 Ensemble-Percussion1
MUSIC 269 Ensemble-String1
MUSIC 270 Ensemble-Guitar1
MUSIC 271 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 31
MUSIC 272 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 41
MUSIC 273 Contemporary Chamber Ensemble1
MUSIC 319 Topics in Music and Ethnicity in the United States3
MUSIC 331 Jazz Improvisation3
MUSIC 332 Jazz Improvisation3
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy1-2
MUSIC 345 Practicum in String Pedagogy2
MUSIC 361 Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups1
MUSIC/​AFROAMER  400 Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  401 Musical Cultures of the World3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  402 Musical Cultures of the World3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  404 Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion3
MUSIC 411 Survey of Music in the Middle Ages3
MUSIC 412 Survey of Music in the Renaissance3
MUSIC 413 Survey of Music in the Baroque Era3
MUSIC 414 Survey of Music in the Classic Era3
MUSIC 415 Survey of Music in the Romantic Era3
MUSIC 416 Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century3
MUSIC 419 Music in the United States3
MUSIC 461 Collegium Musicum1
MUSIC 467 Language Diction for Singing I2
MUSIC 468 Language Diction for Singing II2
MUSIC 497 Special Topics in Music1-3
MUSIC 499 Directed Study1-3
500 level and above
Music Performance (664)
MUS PERF 342 Piano Accompanying Lab1
MUS PERF 347 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 348 Third Year Composition3
400 level and above