Chatham University

Music Curriculum

The music program offers a variety of courses in the history, theory, and performance of music, including cross-cultural and technological aspects. Performance is encouraged through numerous student recitals, the Integrative Capstone, and participation in the Chatham College Choir. Students have opportunities to study privately with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and on occasion may present public performances with their teachers. The student majoring in music also may choose to focus on other aspects of the discipline, including creative projects. The cross-disciplinary opportunities afforded by the College curriculum allow for imaginative program design.

Students must earn a C- or better in all major courses. Failure to earn this minimum grade will result in the need to repeat the course thereby possibly extending the student’s course of study beyond four years.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

14 courses, including

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Music elective

Choose one of the following music electives.

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Voice Concentration

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Piano and Orchestral Instrument Concentrations

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Composition Concentration

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

9 courses, excluding the Integrative Capstone

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Minor Requirements

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.

+Certification Program in Music Education

A cooperative program in Music Education Certification has been established with Carnegie Mellon University. At Chatham, students take the courses required for the Music major. Concurrently, at Carnegie Mellon, students cross-register for the courses required for certification in Music Education. In four years, upon successful completion of all courses in both programs, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Certification in Music Education. Well-qualified students should begin the Chatham Music major program in the first year and the Carnegie Mellon program in the sophomore year. Consultation should be maintained with the Music Program Director at Chatham, and the Certification Officers at both institutions.

MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

3
MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 159 or a placement exam grade of 85% or higher

4
MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 161

4
MUS267W History of Music I

These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

3
MUS368W History of Music II

This course is a continuation of History of Music I, and examines the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself. Prerequisite(s): MUS 267

3
MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Prerequisite: MUS 252

3
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
Applied music or composition (2-3)
MUS262 Electronic/Computer Music Studio

Using an array of MIDI-compatible keyboards, instruments, and computers, the course focuses on digitally generated sound and timbres, computer-assisted sound production, and multi-tracked recording techniques. Where appropriate, emphasis is placed on applications to film, theatre, dance, and other arts. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

3
INTMUS303 Internship - Music

3
MUS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
4 two-credit courses in applied music after acceptance into the major program. Basic keyboard proficiency is expected for completion of the music major.