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A series of core courses in theory, history, analysis, writing, and applied music. Beyond the core requirements, students can also elect to concentrate in Performance, Conducting, Composition, Music History and Theory, or Music, Science, and Technology.

What You'll Study

The Department of Music at Stanford brings together music-making and scholarly research in composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies. The undergraduate major in Music is based on a course of study that combines breadth of musical experiences across multiple dimensions with depth in a chosen area, allowing students to develop an array of tools as part of their aesthetic and musical formation. Theory, performance, history, cultural contextualization, technology, and science all contribute to a curricular foundation for all majors. The Music minor allows students to explore music through a flexible program of study. The minor can focus on Composition, History, Performance/Conducting, Theory, or Music, Science & Technology (MST), or on areas not currently served by the major, such as Ethnomusicology, Jazz, or Musical Theater. The minor can also focus on musical aspects of a non-music major such as American Studies, Anthropology, Area Studies, Computer Science, CSRE, TAPS, etc.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Joint Major/BAs
  • Minor
  • Honors

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Exploratory Courses

MUSIC 101

Introduction to Creating Electronic Sounds

MUSIC 103

Live Listening Lab (TAPS 130M)

MUSIC 113

Introduction to Instrumental Composition

MUSIC 123A

Undergraduate Seminar in Composition: Rhythmic Design

MUSIC 123B

Undergraduate Seminar in Composition: Pitch Design

MUSIC 124A

Songwriters Workshop

MUSIC 14N

Women Making Music (FEMGEN 13N)

MUSIC 18A

Jazz History: Ragtime to Bebop, 1900-1940 (AFRICAAM 18A)

MUSIC 18B

Jazz History: Bebop to Present, 1940-Present (AFRICAAM 18B, AMSTUD 18B)

MUSIC 19A

Introduction to Music Theory

MUSIC 19B

Intermediate Music Theory

MUSIC 20A

Jazz Theory (AFRICAAM 20A)

MUSIC 25

Decoding Anime

MUSIC 2C

An Introduction to Opera

MUSIC 31N

Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko (ASNAMST 31N)

MUSIC 32N

Sculpting with Sounds, Images, and Words

MUSIC 34N

Performing America: The Broadway Musical

MUSIC 36H

Dangerous Ideas (ARTHIST 36, COMPLIT 36A, EALC 36, ENGLISH 71, ETHICSOC 36X, FRENCH 36, HISTORY 3D, PHIL 36, POLISCI 70, RELIGST 36X, SLAVIC 36, TAPS 36)

MUSIC 6F

Art is My Occupation: Professional Development in Music

MUSIC 70

Stories and music of refugees

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