Music Requirements

Required for the Major: Majors are required to take MUSC 0209, MUSC 0260-0261, MUSC 0320-0321, MUSC 0334; a performance elective such as MUSC 0240, , 0243, 0244, or 0500; two 0200-level or above elective music courses; and MUSC 0400 senior seminar. MUSC 0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major. Piano proficiency: All music majors will be required to demonstrate basic piano proficiency in the semester when the major is declared. Otherwise they should take a semester of piano lessons geared to theory skills, arranged through the music office. All music majors will be required to demonstrate basic sight singing proficiency in the semester when the major is declared
In addition to the curricular requirements, majors are required to participate for three semesters in at least one departmentally-approved ensemble: Middlebury College Orchestra, Middlebury College Choir, Middlebury College Community Chorus, the Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, African Music and Dance Ensemble and Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble.
Required for the Joint Major: A minimum of eight courses at the 0200 level or above, which must include MUSC 0260-0261, MUSC 0320-0321, MUSC 0334, plus MUSC 0400 (Music Senior Seminar) and/or completion of senior work (MUSC 0704).
In addition to the curricular requirements, joint majors must participate for three semesters in at least one departmentally-approved ensemble.
Required for the Minor: Students who pursue the minor in music are required to complete five music courses, two of which may be general introductory courses (0100 level) and three other courses at the 0200-0400 levels.
Music Theory Placement Exam: It is possible for students to test into Music I (MUSC 0209) and Music Theory II (MUSC 0260) by taking a placement exam rather than taking Theory I (MUSC 0160). Incoming students must take the placement exam only during the scheduled time before classes begin.  To arrange a time to take the placement exam, current students must send an email to Music Department Chair Jeffrey Buettner, buettner@middlebury.edu. Note deadlines: Placement tests should be arranged by November 1 and April 1 for the following semesters.
Departmental Honors: Departmental honors in music reflect a student's overall achievement in and contribution to the department as well as excellence in an independent senior work project (MUSC 0704). To be eligible for independent senior work, a grade average of at least B+ in all music courses is required. Eligible students may propose a senior work project (MUSC 0704) of one or two semesters in length; proposals must be submitted by April 1 of the junior year. A grade of B+ in senior work and B+ in departmental courses will be eligible for honors; A- in senior work and A- in departmental courses will be eligible for high honors; A in senior work and A in departmental courses will be eligible for highest honors.
Private Music Lessons: Instruction in musical instruments and voice is available through the department. Online registration takes place the first week of fall and spring terms (winter term lessons registration takes place the last week of classes in the fall term). There are ten 45-minute music lessons per semester (four during winter term). Contracts must be signed at the first lesson and are binding. No rebate is allowed for lessons missed except in the case of injury or continued illness. Lesson fees are applied to the student’s college account. Members of the Middlebury College Orchestra, Middlebury College Choir, Middlebury College Community Chorus, The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, and Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble are entitled to half-price lessons for the instruments they play in the ensemble (or voice for choirs). The fee is waived for students who are music majors, music joint majors, or are enrolled in performance-related courses, MUSC 0240, MUSC 0500 or MUSC 0704 projects. Music majors may receive a maximum of two complimentary series of lessons each semester. Academic credit is not given for applied lessons. Contact the department at extension 5221 for information.
Private instruction: piano: D. Fanning, C. Huard, N. Koval Paden, S. Brightman; harpsichord: C. Huard; jazz piano and jazz voice: R. Forman; cello: D. Davydov; violin: K. Winterstein; viola: P. Reynolds; trumpet and double bass: G. Ingalls; flute: A. Janson; clarinet: Steven Klimowski; bassoon: R. Elliott; oboe: D. Frostman; trombone: B. Irwin; french horn: M. Fritze; acoustic and electric guitar: P. Asbell, D. Huckett; classical guitar: E. Despard; voice: C. Christensen, S. Peck, B. Thompson, drums: R. Lawton; harmonica: M. Lavoie; traditional fiddle, mandolin, and banjo: P. Sutherland; bagpipes and celtic whistle: T. Cummings; carillon: G. Matthew; organ: E. Fanning; saxophone: M. Donahue; harp: D. Dodge.

Ensembles
Middlebury College Orchestra:
The orchestra performs approximately four times a year in programs featuring music from all periods. Instrumentalists may arrange for an audition through the music department. See course listing for MUSC 0205. (A. Massey).
Middlebury College Choir: The College Choir performs concerts each fall and spring, participates in Baccalaureate and other College functions, and tours or engages in other projects annually. Audition required, with attention to sight-reading, listening skills and vocal production. Intent to participate full year/multiple semesters strongly encouraged. Open to all students without prerequisite. See course listing of MUSC 0205. (J. Buettner).
College Community Chorus: The Chorus performs concerts each fall and spring, usually including a major choral work for chorus and organ or orchestra. Open to all without audition; rehearsals focus on developing choral musicianship. See course listing of MUSC 0205. (J. Rehbach).
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble: Using traditional big-band instrumentation, the Jazz Ensemble plays the best of contemporary jazz arrangements as well as classic charts from the 75 years of swing and jazz band history. The Ensemble also features student compositions and arrangements when available. An active performance schedule is typical. See course listing of MUSC 0205 (D. Forman).
African Music and Dance Ensemble
: The African Music and Dance Ensemble is the core of the African Music and Dance Performance course (MUSC0244), for which enrolled students earn one (1) credit. The Ensemble gives students [with or without a musical background] a rich, hands-on experience with numerous East African (Ugandan) music and dance cultures through regular rehearsals and fall/spring end-of-semester concerts. See course listing of MUSC 0244 (D. Kafumbe).
Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble: An off-campus community ensemble that students are invited to join that plays music from all periods; woodwind, brass and percussion; no auditions necessary. There are two performances before fall term ends and two more in April and May. Rehearsals take place at Middlebury Union High School. (M. McHugh).
Other Chamber Ensembles
: String quartets, woodwind and brass ensembles can be formed and coached for interested students. Independent projects (MUSC 0500) can be arranged for these groups.

 

Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753