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