Course Planning

Music - Where to Start?

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Where should I start if I am just sampling this subject as a non-major?

  • Any of the 100- or 200- level courses are appropriate, except Diatomic Harmony (MUSI 202).
  • All students, regardless of background, are encouraged to participate in the ensembles (Chamber Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and Wind Ensemble). Ensemble listings can be found on the online course catalog as music activity courses (MUSA). Please contact the appropriate ensemble director (find directors on the online course catalog) or contact the Music Department Chair.  

Where should I start if I might use this as part of a major or as a potential major?

  • Music Fundamentals (MUSI 100) is the typical starting point for the major. Students with experience should see the Music Department Chair for the Theory Placement Exam.

Where should I start if I have some experience in this discipline before college?

  • Students with experience should see the Music Department for the Theory Placement Exam.
  • For AP or IB credits – please refer to Advanced Placement Credits or International Baccalaureate Credits in the College Catalog.
  • For concurrent high school / college credits – please consult with the Department Chair.

When should I declare a major

  • All students must declare a major by March 1st of their sophomore year.