Honors & Awards

Students can earn honors in the music major by participating in one of three programs.

All programs are under the catalog numbers 360/370; honors students normally elect the two units in succession during their senior year. Eligibility for these programs requires a GPA of 3.5 in the major.

Program I

Under Program I, the honors candidate carries out independent research leading to a written thesis and an oral examination.

Program II

Under Program II, honors in composition, the 360 and 370 units culminate in a composition of substance and an oral examination on the honors work. Prerequisites for this program are 315 and distinguished work in 313.

Program III

Program III, honors in performance, culminates in a recital, a lecture-demonstration, and an essay on some aspect of performance. The prerequisite for Program III is 344 in the junior year and evidence during that year, through public performance, of exceptional talent and accomplishment; 344 must then be continued in the senior year, but now as a component of the 360/370 sequence, and not for separate course credit.

DID YOU KNOW

The Music Dept. awards three cash prizes to three graduating seniors, each year before graduation. 

The Billings Music Prize is awarded to a student for academic excellence.

The Billings Performance Prize is bestowed on the senior who judges feel displayed outstanding talent and ability in Music performance.

The Lamb Composition Prize is given to the student who has demonstrated a gift for Music composition.