Music

Department website: music.sewanee.edu

Professor Delcamp, University Organist

Associate Professor Miller, Chair

Instructor Rupert

Instructor Lehman

Instructor Duncan

Instructor Leal

Visiting Assistant Professor Carlson

Visiting Assistant Professor Lo

Visiting Assistant Professor Wright

Visiting Assistant Professor Farris


The department offers a variety of courses in music history and music theory in addition to performance instruction in selected areas. Courses of study are designed to meet the needs of both l) the student who wants to study music as a discipline of the humanities within the context of a general liberal arts education, and 2) the student who wants to pursue graduate studies in musicology, music theory, church music, or one of the performance areas in which the department offers instruction.

*Prospective majors should consult with the department as early as possible in their undergraduate careers to discuss their goals in music and determine the most profitable course of study.

Major in music: All music majors must earn credits for at least ten full courses in music, including 101 or 151, 212, 213, 301, and the series 260 and 360, the equivalent of one course (two semesters of study) in performance at the 300 level, one elective course in music history, and the equivalent of one course (four semesters of participation) of ensemble.

Students with strong applied skills may, with department consent, undertake a more rigorous course emphasizing music performance. Music performance concentrators must take the equivalent of two full courses in performance at the 300 level (in addition to the courses prescribed above) and must give a public recital of at least thirty-minutes duration. All majors must take a written comprehensive examination on the history and theory of music.

Music majors must demonstrate proficiency at the keyboard. Satisfactory completion of two semesters of 271 or 371 fulfills this requirement for students with little or no preparation in the keyboard instruments. Students who have already achieved intermediate or advanced proficiency at the keyboard may satisfy this requirement by examination. In addition, majors are expected to attend musical events sponsored by the department and by the University Performing Arts Series.

Music majors are advised that German, French, and Italian are the most useful languages in music research and are encouraged to fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking any two of these languages through the second-year level.

Minor in music: Music minors must have earned the equivalent of six course credits in music, including: 1) Music 101 or 151; 2) Music 260; and 3) the equivalent of one course in ensemble participation and/or applied study of an instrument or voice.

Membership in the University's choir, orchestra, and other performance ensembles is open to all qualified students. Ensemble participation earns one half-course credit for two consecutive semesters of participation. Credit for ensemble participation is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Students seeking departmental honors in music are expected to have a 3.5 average in music courses, must contribute to the musical life of the University, must pass the comprehensive exam with distinction, and must submit an honors thesis on a topic approved by a faculty advisor. For music performance concentrators, a public recital may be considered as the honors thesis.

Applied instruction is presently offered in piano, organ, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, and the orchestral woodwinds.