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MUSIC (Div. I)

Chair, Professor DAVID KECHLEY

Professors: BLOXAM, E.D. BROWN, D. KECHLEY. Associate Professor: A. SHEPPARD. Assistant Professors: E. GOLLIN, HIRSCH*, PEREZ VELAZQUEZ. Visiting Assistant Professor: MINOR. Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in 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). Ensemble Directors: BODNER (Symphonic Winds, classical saxophone, Musicianship Skills Lab), M. JENKINS (Marching Band), J. KECHLEY (Flute Choir, flute), MARTULA (Clarinet Choir, clarinet), MENEGON (Jazz Combo, jazz bass), SUNDBERG (Brass Ensemble, trumpet), S. WALT (Woodwind Chamber Music, bassoon). Adjunct Teachers: AGYAPON (African drumming), ATHERTON, (trombone, low brass), L. BAKER (bass), HEBERT (flute), C. JENKINS (oboe), K. KIBLER (voice), EDWIN LAWRENCE (piano, organ, harpsichord, Musicianship Skills Lab), ERIK LAWRENCE (jazz saxophone), MORSE (harp), NAZARENKO (jazz piano), PANDOLFI (horn), PARKE (cello), PHELPS (guitar), ROIGER (jazz vocal), RYER-PARKE (voice), ST. AMOUR (violin, viola), M. WALT (voice), 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, 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 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.


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


NOTE: Prerequisites for Music 106 through 141

For each course, varying degrees of musical experience are necessary. Students may consult with the instructor or simply attend the first class meeting. (Successful completion of Music 101 automatically qualifies the student for Music 106 through 141.)

MUS 251-258 Individual Vocal and Instrumental Instruction

  1. 01 Bassoon 10 Oboe 19 Jazz Bass
    02 Cello 11 Organ 20 Jazz Vocal
    03 Clarinet 12 Percussion 21 Trombone
    04 Bass 13 Piano 22 Harp
    05 Flute 14 Classical Saxophone 23 Jazz Drums
    06 Guitar 15 Trumpet 24 Jazz Saxophone
    07 Harpsichord 16 Viola 25 Jazz Trumpet
    08 Horn 17 Violin 26 Euphonium
    09 Jazz Piano 18 Voice 27 Tuba
    28 African Drumming


Tutorial in nature, these courses are for work of a creative nature, based upon the talents and backgrounds of the individual student, working under the close guidance of a member of the department, an artist in residence or adjunct teacher to fulfill some project or a semester of private lessons as established by the consent of teacher, student, and department. The election is utilized to supplement the department's course offerings as well as to make available for full academic credit private lessons at an advanced level, and may include such projects as:

a. private lessons in the performance of and literature for voice, piano, organ, or an orchestral instrument. Participation in periodic Performance Seminars is required. There is an extra fee for these lessons, with the cost partially subsidized by the department. Intended only for advanced performers. Additional guidelines for instrumental or vocal lessons for full credit must be secured at the Music Department office. This may require an audition for the entire music faculty.

b. jazz arranging and composition;

c. advanced studies in jazz improvisation;

d. coaching, rehearsal, and performance of instrumental or vocal chamber music;

e. advanced work in music theory (critical methods and analysis, solfeggio, keyboard harmony, ear-training and dictation, counterpoint and orchestration). Prerequisites: Music 202;

f. advanced independent study in modal and tonal counterpoint. Prerequisites: Music 301;

g. studies in issue areas such as acoustics and perception, philosophy and aesthetics of music, women and minorities in music, music of non-Western cultures, music and technology;

h. advanced work in music history.

With the permission of the department, the project may be continued by election of the next-higher numbered course. Majors may register for four semesters; non-majors may register for two semesters. The specific name of the project elected is to be specified after the title, "Musical Studies."