The music major is available at both Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. The program covers a range of courses that include music theory, performance, and history. The program, which leads to a B.A., is an academically oriented one, aimed at liberal arts students who would like to study the history of music as a humanistic discipline. The program prepares students to go onto graduate studies, a career in teaching, or one that combines music with other disciplines.
The music major program consists of ten one-semester departmental courses:
One required course in music history:
Music History Introduction (MUSC 1100) or Introduction to Opera (MUSC 1101)
Three music history courses chosen from the following:
Music Before 1600 (MUSC 3110),
Baroque Music: Between Ancients and Moderns (MUSC 3121),
Music, Enlightenment and Revolution (MUSC 3122),
Music in the Romantic Century (MUSC 3123), and
Music in Modern Times: 20th Century (MUSC 3124)
Three courses in music theory to be taken in sequence:
Musicianship I: Counterpoint (MUSC 2145),
Musicianship II: Diatonic Harmony (MUSC 2146), and
Musicianship III: Chromatic Harmony (MUSC 2147).
One keyboard course and its lab, taken concurrently:
Basic Keyboard (MUSC 2140) and Piano Lab (MUSC 2141).
Two electives at the 2000 level or higher.
The theory courses, which must be taken in sequence, are given in a two-year cycle. Students unprepared for Musicianship I: Counterpoint (MUSC 2145) are required to take Introduction to Musicianship and Ear-Training and Sight-Singing (MUSC 2120/2121), which will not apply toward the major. Students with keyboard proficiency may have the Basic Keyboard /Keyboard Lab requirement waived with approval of the department, and should then substitute a music elective instead.
Music majors with a concentration in performance may take up to eight credits of private lessons on an instrument or voice, one credit per semester, on a pass/fail basis. (Students register for Vocal/Instrumental Instruction MUSC 1261-1268.) A lab fee covers the cost of the lessons. On the basis of annual auditions, the Department may award some college grants covering the lab fee.
Music majors must also participate in a minimum of four semesters in a campus-based vocal or instrumental ensemble (the Concert Choir, the Women's Choir, the Liturgical Choir, the Concert Band, the Orchestra, the Chamber Music Ensemble or other approved organizations). Credit can be granted for the Concert Choir/Women's Choir (MUSC 1242), the Chamber Music Ensemble (MUSC 1252), the Concert Band (MUSC 1272) and the Orchestra (MUSC 1282).
The Music Major can be combined with other courses of study. Students with an interest in music might also consider a double major. A music major can go on to a career in the music industry or in arts management, for example, and might consider taking Economics or Business courses related to the arts. Fordham's Gabelli School of Business offers a minor in business that can be combined with the music major.
Students can receive credit for a music internship (MUSC 4951 – 4954) with a recording company or concert agency in New York City during their junior or senior years.
For advising about the Music program on the Rose Hill campus, contact Dr. Larry Stempel (718) 817-4895. On the Lincoln Center Campus, contact Dr. Sevin H. Yaraman (212) 636-7929. Office Hours
The Department offers a minor consisting of six one-semester departmental courses in music. Two specific courses are required: an introductory music history course (MUSC 1100 or 1101) and Musicianship I (MUSC 2145). The four additional courses can be chosen from the remaining music offerings of the department. Music minors are also eligible to participate in the Vocal/Instrumental Instruction program, but may take only up to four semesters of lessons for credit (one credit per semester on a pass/fail basis).