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Music Major

(a minimum of 42 semester course credits)


MUS 003 Musicianship II-IV (6)

MUS 005 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I (4)

MUS 006 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II (4)

MUS 149 Creativity Seminar (4)

MUS 150 Music History and Culture Seminar (4)

Each student chooses courses from the areas of study below.

Music and Culture

MUS 014 Musics of the World: The Pacific, Asia, and India (3)

MUS 015 Musics of the World: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Americas (3)

MUS 101 20th Century Musical Modernism (3)

MUS 102 Experimental Music (3)

MUS 116 Women, Gender, and Musical Creativity (3)

MUS 117 European Music and Culture to 1750 (3)

MUS 118 Classic and Romantic Music (3)

MUS 120 American Music (3)

MUS 121 Film Music: Mood and Meaning (3-4)

MUS 137 Seminar in Music Literature and Criticism (4)

MUS 141 The Music of India (3)

MUS 160 Practicum (2)

MUS 163 The World of Opera (3)

MUS 170 African American Music: Past and Present (3)

Electronic Music

MUS 047/147 Introduction to Electronic Music (4)

MUS 054/154 Introduction to Computer Music (4)

MUS 160 Practicum (3)

MUS 161 Sound Techniques of Recording (4)

MUS 164 Advanced Audio Recording (4)


MUS 124 Contemporary Instrumentation and Orchestration (3)

MUS 136 Music Instrument Building (1-2)

MUS 159 Seminar in Musical Performance, Composition, and Improvisation (4)

MUS 160 Practicum (2)

Music Theory

MUS 056 Musical Form: Listening and Analysis (4)

MUS 148 Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis (4) or
MUS 155 Advanced Chromatic Harmony and Post-Tonal Theory (4)

MUS 156 Tonal Analysis (4)

MUS 160 Practicum (2)


MUS 007/057/107 Individual Instruction in Performance and Composition (1)

MUS 009/059/109 Individual Instruction in Voice (1)

MUS 025/125 Mills College Choir (1)

MUS 026/126 Music Improvisation Ensemble I (1)

MUS 027/127 Contemporary Performance Ensemble (1)

MUS 028/128 Gamelan Ensemble (1)

MUS 029/129 African Drumming (1)

MUS 030/130 Vocal Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (1)

MUS 031/131 Performance Collective (1)

MUS 040/140 The Technique and Mystery of Singing (2)

MUS 043/143 Mills College Percussion Group (1)

MUS 111 Improvisation Workshop (4)

MUS 159 Seminar in Musical Performance, Composition, and Improvisation (4)

MUS 160 Practicum (2)

Music Minor
(a minimum of 20 semester course credits)


MUS 003 Musicianship I (May be waived by examination; does not count toward credit total; does not count toward credit total)


MUS 003 Musicianship II and III (2; 2)

MUS 005–006 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I and II (4; 4)

MUS 149 Creativity Seminar (4) or
MUS 150 Music History and Culture Seminar (4)

And 4 semester course credits in electives.

Courses for Non-majors

Music is an important component of a liberal arts education. The department offers courses specifically designed for non-majors each year. These courses allow students to become culturally informed and active participants in a wide variety of musical experiences. Students engaged in discourse about music also acquire verbal and analytical skills that will be useful throughout their scholarly and/or professional careers.

Core courses in the non-major curriculum, such as Exploring Music: Performance, Creation, and Cultural Practice (MUS 001), Musics of the World (MUS 014/015), Women, Gender, and Musical Creativity (MUS 016/116); American Music (MUS 020), Film Music: Mood and Meaning (MUS 121); The Music of India (MUS 141), and The World of Opera (MUS 163), introduce a broad range of music and demonstrate how music is part of a vast social, political, and intellectual perspective. These courses also concentrate on the development of the non-musician's musical perceptions; students learn that the ability to understand and appreciate music, and even to participate in creative musical activity, is not the sole property of those with formal musical training. Non-majors are also encouraged to enroll in several of our courses in electronic music and music technology: Introduction to Electronic Music (MUS 047/147); Introduction to Computer Music (MUS 054/154); and Sound Techniques of Recording (MUS 161).

The Music Department also offers individual instruction in voice and most instruments—even for beginners—and various musical ensembles that attract the College community, including the Performance Collective, Vocal Jazz Improvisation, Gamelan, Haitian Drumming, Music Improvisation, the Mills Percussion Group, Contemporary Performance, and Early Music Ensembles.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17