Brief Description of Concentration
The concentration in Music exposes students to a wide variety of musical styles, sounds, and musical traditions in order to develop their critical understanding of music in diverse cultural and historical contexts. The concentration also provides a solid foundation in theory, analysis, composition, and criticism, while developing critical listening skills, which are a pivotal contribution that engagement with music makes to the humanities. Although the Department of Music is not in itself a school of music with a performance department, all of our courses support the intellectual development of musicians, and several of our courses incorporate or focus on performance.
These required courses, taught by different faculty on a rotating basis, provide listening and analytical skills as well as a familiarity with a wide range of methodologies in music studies.
Foundation for Music Concentration
- Music 97L: Critical Listening
- Music 97T: Thinking about Music
- Music 98: Advanced Tutorial
- Music 1: Intro to Western Art Music: Bach to Beyonce
- Music 2: Foundations of Tonal Music I
- Music 4: Introduction to Composition
- Music 20: Opera
- Music 10 Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra
- Music 14 Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
- Music 15 Harvard Glee Club
- Music 16 Radcliffe Choral Society
- Music 18 Harvard Jazz Band
- Music 189r Chamber Music Performance
- Gen. Ed 1006 Music from Earth
- Freshman Seminars
- Fr. Sem. 63O Community Building and Social Justice through Music
- Fr. Sem. 63C The Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich.