The Music program is structured to integrate theory and practice. Students select a combination of component courses that together constitute one full course (called a Music Third). A minimal Music Third includes four components:
- Individual instruction (instrumental performance, composition, or voice), the central area of study around which the rest of the program is planned;
- Theory and/or history (see requirements below);
- A performance ensemble (see area requirements below);
- Concert Attendance/Music Tuesdays Requirement (see below).
The student, in consultation with the faculty, plans the music program best suited to his or her needs and interests. Advanced students may, with faculty consent, elect to take two thirds of their course study in music.