Music Major with Music Performance Concentration, B.A.

Students can major in the following areas of performance: voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, Euphonium, guitar, composition, and conducting.

The music performance concentration requires 40 credits in music, with at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above. Students must audition for the department before declaring a major in music performance. Transfer students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours of their major at Hood, including 6 credits of applied music, MUSC 301, the senior recital, and at least one semester of music history. Credits earned by exam do not count toward the minimum credits to be earned at Hood.

Requirements for the Major


MUSC 100Fundamentals of Music



Exemption Exam


MUSC 101Beginning Music Theory & Musicianship I


MUSC 102Beginning Music Theory & Musicianship II


MUSC 201Intermediate Music Theory & Musicianship


MUSC 301Advanced Music Theory/Form & Analysis


MUSC 302World Music


MUSC 303Music History and Literature I


MUSC 304Music History and Literature II


MUSC 474Junior Recital


MUSC 475Senior Recital


10 credits of applied music in the area of the performance major


3 credits of music ensemble


Successful completion of a Piano Proficiency Examination or completion of 4 credits of piano (two of which must be earned at Hood.)

Piano Proficiency Examination Requirements:

Students will be expected to: (1) be able to play all major and minor scales, parallel motion, two octaves and primary chords in all keys, (2) play two pieces of early intermediate difficulty of contrasting styles (e.g., a selection from the “Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook,” a quick movement from a classical sonatina, a selection from Schumann’s “Kinderszenen,” etc.) and (3) sight-read a chorale or easy piano piece. It is strongly recommended that this exam be taken no later than first semester of the junior year, so that there will be sufficient time left for any remedial piano that may be needed.