MUSIC (Div. I)

Chair, Professor DAVID KECHLEY

Professors: BLOXAM, E. D. BROWN, KECHLEY, W. A. SHEPPARD*. Associate Professors: M. HIRSCH, PEREZ VELAZQUEZ**. Assistant Professor: E. GOLLIN. Visiting Assistant Professors: KIM and BOWERS. Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence and Director of Jazz Activities/Senior 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). Visiting Artist in Residence in Africana Studies and Music: BRYANT. Ensemble Directors: BODNER (Symphonic Winds, classical saxophone, Musicianship Skills Lab), GOLD (Percussion Ensemble, percussion), CAPRONI (Marching Band), HEBERT (Flute Choir), MARTULA (Clarinet Choir, clarinet), MENEGON (Jazz Combo, jazz bass), ATHERTON (Brass Ensemble), S. WALT (Woodwind Chamber Music, bassoon). Individual Instructors: staff (African drumming), ATHERTON, (trombone, low brass), R. ZIMMERMAN (bass), HEBERT (flute), HOLMES (jazz trumpet), C. JENKINS (oboe), K. KIBLER (voice), EDWIN LAWRENCE (piano, organ, harpsichord, Musicianship Skills Lab), ERIK LAWRENCE (jazz saxophone), MEEHAN (jazz drums), MORSE (harp), NAZARENKO (jazz piano), PANDOLFI (horn), PARKE (cello), PHELPS (guitar), ROIGER (jazz vocal), RYER-PARKE (voice), SUNDBERG (trumpet), M. WALT (voice), WOOLWEAVER (violin, viola), WRIGHT (piano).


Sequence Courses

Music 103, 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 two semester courses in music, to be selected from the following:

Group A: any 106-134, 136, 138, 210T, 220, 230-234, 240, 241, and 246T courses. The department reserves the right to refuse registration in any course for which the student is determined to be over-prepared.

Group B: 203T, 204T, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 221T, 223T, 245T, 301, 305, 306, 308, 325, 326, 407, 408, 427, 428.
Department strongly recommends that students elect at least one course from each group.

It is strongly recommended that prospective majors complete 103, 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. Under special circumstances the student may petition the music faculty to allow this requirement to be met in an alternative way.

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 or analysis of a major 20th Century 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 one or more 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)-W31-494(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 check the Music Department webpage and contact the Department of Music.


Music majors considering study abroad should meet with the department chair well in advance in order to determine whether it will be possible to complete the requirements for the major. Study abroad courses are not accepted as substitutes for the specific required major courses. However, they may qualify as electives toward the major if approved by the department.


Students considering a major in music should enroll in Music 103 and 104.

Descriptions of the following courses are listed numerically within the course listings.


  1. MUS 103 Music Theory and Musicianship I
  2. MUS 104 Music Theory and Musicianship I
  3. MUS 201 Music Theory and Musicianship II
  4. MUS 202 Music Theory and Musicianship II
  5. MUS 245 Music Analysis: Music with Text
  6. MUS 301 An Introduction to Modal and Tonal Counterpoint
  7. MUS 308 Orchestration and Instrumentation

COMPOSITION (See the first course number in the sequence for course description.)

  1. MUS 203T, 204T Composition I and II
  2. MUS 305, 306, 407, 408 Composition III, IV, V and VI

SPECIAL STUDIES IN THE MUSICAL ART (See the first course number in the sequence for course description.)

  1. MUS 325, 326, 427, 428 Musical Studies