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MUSIC (Div. I)

Chair, Professor DAVID KECHLEY

Professors: BLOXAM**, E.D. BROWN***, D. KECHLEY, D. MOORE. Associate Professor: A. SHEPPARD. Assistant Professors: HIRSCH, PEREZ VELAZQUEZ. Visiting Assistant Professor: TBA. Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz Activities/Lecturer in Music: JAFFE. Artist in Residence in Choral and Vocal Activities/Lecturer in Music: B. WELLS. Artist in Residence in Orchestral and Instrumental Activities/Lecturer in Music: FELDMAN. Artists in Residence: STEVENSON (piano), KURKOWICZ (violin). Ensemble Directors: BODNER (Symphonic Winds, saxophone), M. JENKINS (Marching Band), J. KECHLEY (Flute Choir, flute), MARTULA (Clarinet Choir, clarinet), STACEY (Percussion Ensemble, percussion), SUNDBERG (Brass Ensemble, trumpet), S. WALT (Woodwind Chamber Music, bassoon). Adjunct Teachers: AGYAPON (percussion), L. BAKER (double bass), GOREVIC (viola), HEBERT (flute), C. JENKINS (oboe), K. KIBLER (voice), LAWRENCE (piano, organ, harpsichord, Musicianship Skills Lab), MENEGON (jazz bass), MORTENSEN (horn), MORSE (harp), PARKE (cello), PHELPS (guitar), ROIGER (jazz vocal), RYER-PARKE (voice), ST. AMOUR (violin, viola), M. WALT (voice), WILLIAMSON (saxophone), WRIGHT (piano).


Sequence Courses

Music 104 Music Theory and Musicianship I

Music 201, 202 Music Theory and Musicianship II

Music 207, 208, 209 Music in History I, Music in History II, and Music in History III

Music 402 Senior Seminar in Music

Elective Courses

An additional year or two semester courses in music, to be selected from the following:

Group A: any Music 106-Music 141 course, including direct supervision by instructor in supplementary readings, assignments, papers, and other projects appropriate for the Music major.

Group B: Music 203T, 204T, 211, 212, 213, 301, 308, 325, 326, 427, 428.
Department strongly recommends that students elect at least one course from each group.

It is strongly recommended that prospective majors complete Music 104, 201, 202, and 207 by the end of the sophomore year.

Performance and Concert Requirements

Music majors are encouraged to participate in departmental ensembles throughout their careers at Williams; i.e., for eight semesters. Majors are required to participate in departmental ensembles for at least four semesters. The student must petition to meet this requirement in an alternative way. Music majors are also expected to attend departmentally-sponsored concerts.

Foreign Languages

Music majors are strongly urged to take courses in at least one foreign language while at Williams.

Musicianship Skills

Music majors are strongly urged to maintain, refine and improve their musicianship skills, such as sight-singing, score reading, melodic and harmonic dictation, and keyboard proficiency, throughout their entire Williams career.


Three routes toward honors and highest honors are possible in the Music major:

a. Composition: A Composition thesis must include one major work completed during the senior year, a portfolio of smaller works completed during the junior and senior years, and a 10- to 15-page discussion of the student's work.

b. Performance: A Performance thesis must include an honors recital given during the spring of the senior year and a 15- to 20-page discussion of a selection of the works performed. The student's general performance career will also be considered in determining honors.

c. History, Theory and Analysis, or Ethnomusicology: A written Historical, Theoretical/Analytical, or Ethnomusicological thesis between 65 and 80 pages in length and an oral presentation based on the thesis is required. A written thesis should offer new insights based on original research.

To be admitted to the honors program, a student must have at least a 3.3 GPA in Music courses (this GPA must be maintained in order to receive honors), and have demonstrated ability and experience through coursework and performance in the proposed thesis area. A 1- to 2-page application to the honors program, written in consultation with a faculty member, must be made to the chair of Music before or during spring registration in the junior year.

Honors candidates must enroll in Music 493(F)-W031-494(S) during their senior year. A student who is highly qualified for honors work, but who, for compelling reasons, is unable to pursue a year-long project, may petition the department for permission to pursue a thesis over one semester and the winter study term. If granted, the standards for evaluating the thesis in such exceptional cases would be identical to those that apply to year-long honors projects. Final submission of the thesis must be made to the Music Department by April 15 of the senior year. The department's decision to award honors will be based on the quality of the thesis.


Courses involving individual vocal or instrumental instruction involve extra fees which are subsidized by the department. (See Music 251-258 and Studies in the Musical Art 325, 326, 427, 428). For further information contact the Department of Music.


There are two introductory courses in music at Williams College. The student is urged to read the descriptions of Music 101 and 103, and to consult the instructors to determine which course will best assist his or her growth in understanding music.