Major and Correlates
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 first year if possible, as these courses are prerequisites to all subsequent courses in the major.
Any student wishing to take MUSI 105 must take an Entrance Exam, a 2-minute online exam which simply verifies that a student can identify pitches in treble and bass clef. If a student cannot fluently read treble/bass clef, then MUSI 101 is the best class to start with. The exam will be posted on the following page on July 27: Entrance Exam
An Advanced Placement Exam is offered for students who think they might be eligible to test out of MUSI 105 (directly into MUSI 106 in Spring semester). This exam expects outstanding proficiency in four-part writing and voice-leading, harmonic (roman numeral) analysis, and figured-bass realization. The exam will be given in person on August 27 from 9am-12pm (Skinner Hall room 205), though there will be an online version for students who are not on campus. Please contact Professor Motazedian for information.
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.
- Music and Culture Correlate Sequence
- Music Composition Correlate Sequence
- Music History Correlate Sequence
- Music Performance Correlate Sequence
- Music Theory Correlate Sequence
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.
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.