Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Music Department at Emory offers three tracks for fulfilling a major in music: Composition, Performance, and Research. Students must select a track by the end of the sophomore year and fulfill all course requirements in the track in order to earn a major in music. In addition to the music major requirements, students may also complete the Arts Management Concentration.

Since significant portions of the music curriculum are based on mastery of sequential study, the department recommends early declaration of the major. This allows students maximum benefit from private lesson study since the department provides a half-subsidy for private lessons for declared music majors.

To declare a music major, click here: Declaring a Music Major/Advising.

To complete the track selection form, click here: Music Major Track Selection Form.

General requirements and information:

  • Students will complete 45 credit hours to fulfill requirements in each track.
  • AP Music Theory Exam -- A score of 4 will transfer to Emory as MUS 114. A score of 5 will transfer to Emory as MUS 121 and the student may move on to MUS 122 in the spring semester. IB theory is not accepted.
  • No course for the major may be taken S/U.
  • A total of 16 hours of MUS 300, 320, and 310 may be applied toward the 124 academic hours requirements for graduation, although all applied music and ensembles must be taken for credit.
  • Students may not apply MUS 300, 310, or 320 as electives in any of the tracks.
  • No more than three credit hours of Supervised Reading or Study Abroad courses may count toward fulfillment of the music major.
  • An internship may not count toward the music major.
  • Any transfer credits from another institution, before or after enrolling at Emory, must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to count toward the music major or minor, even if the College has accepted credit for the courses.
  • Performance track students enrolled in MUS 320 must also be co-enrolled in a MUS 300 primary ensemble. The following ensembles will count toward this requirement: Collaborative Piano, Concert Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Emory Jazz Ensembles, Emory Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, Emory Wind Ensemble.
  • Music majors on all three tracks are required to take the core Theory courses MUS 121, MUS 122, and MUS 221, and the introductory  History and Culture course MUS 200.  See further details for requirements on the Composition Track, Performance Track, and Research Track respectively. 
  • Courses in the regular rotation for options in the History and Culture categories A, B, and C are listed below.


History and Culture Courses (all Tracks)

(Students may not count the same course for two categories)

History and Culture Category A
Courses designed to build broad-based knowledge of Western classical repertoires
MUS 280 Early Music Explorations
MUS 281 Baroque Music
MUS 282 Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven
MUS 283 19th Century Music
MUS 284 Music & Contemporary Society
History and Culture Category B
Courses designed to build knowledge of musics outside of the Western classical tradition
MUS 204 Music Cultures of the World
MUS 211 Tango Music & Dance
MUS 215 Jazz: Its Evolution & Essence
MUS 302 American Music
MUS 303 Black Music: Culture, Commerce, & the Racial Imagination
MUS 304 Music & Cultural Revolution since the 1960s
MUS 306 Music of the Harlem Renaissance
MUS 381 Music & Storytelling
History/Culture/Theory Category C
Courses designed to teach essential research and writing skills in historical musicology, ethnomusicology or theory
MUS 306W Music of the Harlem Renaissance
MUS 356W Women, Music, & Culture
MUS 360W Writing About Music
MUS 364W Romanticism in Music
MUS 365W Wagner & Wagnerism
MUS 381W Music & Storytelling
MUS 383W Music & Film
MUS 455W Music in Emory's Special Collections
MUS 456W Analysis & Archival Study
MUS 460W Studies in Music History & Culture
MUS 461 Discipline of Ethnomusicology
MUS 463W Seminar in Ethnomusicology
MUS 464W Studies in Music Theory


Concert Attendance

Attendance at concerts is an important part of the student's musical education. When possible, students should be present at concerts sponsored by the Department of Music. Several music courses require students to attend concerts at Emory or in the Atlanta area. Visit the Arts at Emory web site for a list of artists performing at Emory during the current academic year.