Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 Program: Music Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Music

The B.S. in Music focuses on preparing musicians for careers in creative professions combining depth in music with breadth in the sciences, media, and engineering. It advances music study within the technological university by preparing students for the multiplicity of roles available to musicians in the 21st century.

The core music curriculum consists of 40 credits.  The music core may be taken as a standalone degree or as a dual major with various science and engineering disciplines.   The curriculum detailed in this proposal can also be supplemented with 4 course, 16 credit minor in various interdisciplinary arts fields, including interactive arts, animation, and filmmaking.  

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Intent, a Portfolio, and a Portfolio Description. There are no live auditions. For more information about how to submit your materials, please access https://rpi.slideroom.com/#/Login.

  • Statement of Intent: Write a 1-2 page essay that describes your interest in the major and your goals. Please include completed course work in music, private music instruction, musical performance and production experience, or independent projects completed.
  • Portfolio: Prepare a digital portfolio of musical materials comprised of 3-5 works that best represent your creative abilities. These may include, but are not limited to, audio and video recordings of compositions and performances, scores, and software programs. Acceptable formats for portfolio items are DOCX, PDF, AIFF, WAV, MP3, QUICKTIME, JPEG, or PNG.
  • Portfolio Description: Describe each item in your portfolio, including the medium, year created, and your role in the creation of the work.

Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • an ability to evaluate musical works in relation to style, period, and social context.
  • an ability to effectively discuss and critique one’s own work and the work of others.
  • proficiency integrating technologies appropriate to creative practice.

First Year

Fall

  • Humanities/Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 1440 - Music and Sound I Credit Hours: 4
ARTS 2020 - Music and Technology I Credit Hours: 4
MATH 1010 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4

OR

MATH 1500 - Calculus for Architecture, Management, and HASS Credit Hours: 4

Spring

  • Humanities/Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 2150 - Music and Sound II Credit Hours: 4
ARTS 4160 - Music and Technology II Credit Hours: 4
MATH 1020 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4

OR

MATH 1620 - Contemporary Mathematical Ideas in Society Credit Hours: 4

Second Year

Fall

  • Math or Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARTS 2XXX Private Music Lessons Credit Hours: 1

OR

  • Choice of Music Ensemble (ex. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Roots of Africa Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, etc.) Credit Hours: 1 
Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 2540 - The Multimedia Century Credit Hours: 4
ARTS 2500 - History of Western Music Credit Hours: 4

OR

ARTS 2520 - World Music Credit Hours: 4

OR

ARTS 2340 - Introduction to Afro-Cuban Percussion Credit Hours: 4

Spring

  • Math or Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARTS 2XXX Private Music Lessons Credit Hours: 1

OR

  • Choice of Music Ensemble (ex. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Roots of Africa Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, etc.) Credit Hours: 1 

Third Year

Summer Arch*

*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • Math or Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Depth Requirement Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARTS 2XXX Private Music Lessons Credit Hours: 1

OR

  • Choice of Music Ensemble (ex. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Roots of Africa Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, etc.) Credit Hours: 1 
Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 4390 - Composition Seminar Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring

  • ARTS 4XXX Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Credit Hours: 4
  • Math or Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Depth Requirement Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARTS 2XXX Private Music Lessons Credit Hours: 1

OR

  • Choice of Music Ensemble (ex. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Roots of Africa Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, etc.) Credit Hours: 1 

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 4840 - Creative Seminar I Credit Hours: 4

(Senior Capstone)

Spring

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
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