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Major and Correlates

Music Major

Music is studied at Vassar in each of its distinct but interrelated aspects: theory, history, composition, and performance. For those students planning on majoring in music, Music 105/106 should be taken in the freshman year if possible,as these courses are prerequisites to all subsequentcourses in the major. An advanced placement test is offered for those students who have had previous work in basic harmony to determine whether they can be excused from Music 105. 

Correlate Sequences in Music

The Music Department offers four correlate sequences, each requiring 6 units of credit of which no fewer than 5 should be taken at Vassar. No more than one course counted toward the Music & Culture correlate may be taken NRO. Specific courses to be taken within each sequence are outlined below. Students interested in pursuing a correlate sequence in music should discuss it with the music department chair as well as their major advisors during their sophomore or junior year, and they will be assigned a correlate advisor from the music faculty. Correlate sequences in music must be declared by the end of the junior year.

Individual Instruction (Music Lessons)

Students may elect private study in the following: piano, jazz piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, classical guitar, jazz guitar, and harp. An audition (held at the beginning of the fall semester) is required for all voice and some instrumental lessons. Enrollment is limited in each instrument with preference given to music majors and those students electing credited lessons.  View more information about music lessons.

Scholarship Assistance

Information about general scholarship funds may be obtained by writing to the Director of Financial Aid at Vassar College. A number of special scholarships that cover fees for performance study are awarded each year on the basis of merit and need. Information about these may be obtained from the same office.