Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
Students with a general interest in music can take these survey classes: MUSC 010 Introduction to Music; MUSC 012 Pop Music in the USA; or MUSC 151 Jazz History.
Students interested in the Music major or minor should consider taking 3 core requirements early in their time at Clark. Those are MUSC 100 Studying Music Historical and Critically; MUSC 121 Principles of Tonal Analysis; and MUSC 141 Computers and Music. MUSC 021 is an introductory music theory class, which is the pre-requisite (for those without prior experience) to the theory sequence required of all majors and minors. To register for MUSC 121 in the Spring semester, you must complete MUSC021 in the fall or take the music placement exam offered at the start of the Spring semester. Click here to check Music course availability.
Q: What if I am interested in a professional program?
Music students may concentrate in one of four areas: performance, composition & music theory; music history & criticism, and music technology. Students interested in other professional areas such as music therapy, concert management, ethnomusicology, or music education may combine music courses with appropriate courses from other disciplines to create an individually designed major. The requirements for such pre-professional programs are jointly determined by the student and an advisory committee made up of one music faculty member and two faculty members from other disciplines.
Although the music program does not offer specific courses in music education, music majors interested in music education may take courses in the music curriculum, in conjunction with courses through the education department. For more information, contact the education department.
Q: Is there a chance for me to perform on campus?
Yes! Non-majors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations, which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts. These groups include the Clark Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, the Sinfonia (string orchestra), Clark Concert Band and the Jazz Workshop Combos & Ensemble. At the start of each semester, look for notice of organizational meetings.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
Students and faculty can contact Matthew Malsky, Program Director for Music, for more information.