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As a music student, you will learn the creative and technical skills to become a professional songwriter, producer, or composer, with courses ranging from music history and psychoacoustics to learning how to build electronic music instruments. With three liberal arts–minded tracks—music technology, music studies, and American music and culture—to choose from, you will also graduate as a culturally informed critical thinker with solid communication skills.
With a background in music, you could go on to become a lyricist, music supervisor, journalist, historian, teacher, or any number of related professions.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
Music is a writing intensive major.
All music courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in music must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
All students take the following: Music 1300, 1400 (6 credits).
Three tracks are offered in the bachelor of art degree program in music:
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American Studies 1001 or 1010 (3 credits).
Music 3101 (3 credits).
12 credits from Music 2101 through 2107, Music 2109, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 3125, Music 4430, Music 4431, or Music 4940 (12 credits).
6 credits from Music 3260 and Music 3322.
Four semesters of Music 2791 or substitute by permission of instructor and advisor (12 credits).
Music 5540 and 3 credits from a combination of Music 5881, 5882, 5883(6 credits).
Music 4872 and 4873 (6 credits).
Music 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214 (8 credits).
Music 3221, 3222, 3223, 3224 (4 credits).
Music 3231 and 3232, or 3235; 3233 or 3236; 3234 or 3237 (12 credits).
Music 3241, 3242, 3243 (12 credits).
One course in American or non-western music, Music 4430 through 4449, or one specialized course in music theory,
Music 4450 through 4479 (3 credits).
Music 3225 or 3791 and 3226 or 3792 (4 credits).
Two credits in ensemble performance from Music 3700 through 3781 as assigned by the Conservatory of Music (2 credits).
One seminar in music numbered in the 4900s or a suitable advanced course in another department or program, approved in advance by the director (3 credits).
Students who wish to be considered for performance lessons, Music 3791 and 3792, in place of advanced keyboard classes, Music 3225 and 3226, must demonstrate proficiency in an audition no later than the beginning of their junior year. Final approval will be given by the director.
6 credits from Music 2100 through Music 2149 or Music 4440 (6 credits).
Music 3260, 3261, 3263, 3264, 3322, (15 credits).
6 credits from Music 3262 or Music 3323 or Music 3325 (6 credits).
Two semesters of Music 3744. May substitute one semester with any ensemble from Music 3700 to Music 3781 as approved by the Chair. (2 credits).
Music 5540 and a minimum of 4-credits from a combination of Music 5881, 5882, 5883 (4 credits) and Music 4870, 4871 (6 credits).
Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in the Conservatory of Music offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each bring a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
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