Music (Course 21M-1)

Music and Theater Arts Section

Bachelor of Science in Music

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [between three and six subjects can be from the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
21M.301Harmony and Counterpoint I12
21M.500Advanced Seminar in Music (CI-M)12
Select one of the following:12
Medieval and Renaissance Music (CI-M)
Baroque and Classical Music (CI-M)
Music since 1900 (CI-M)
Select one of the following:12
Music of India
Musics in Bali
Music of Africa
Popular Musics of the World
Studies in Global Musics
Select two terms of Performance subjects (6-9 units each); see list below.12-18
Restricted Electives
In consultation with the advisor, select 60 units from the music curriculum (21M.000 - 21M.599). 160
Units in Major120-126
Unrestricted Electives 290-132
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36-72)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


 A maximum of 24 restricted elective units may be comprised of introductory subjects (21M.0xx). A maximum of 24 restricted elective units may be comprised of Performance subjects (6 units each), with the exception of 21M.480 which may be repeated without limitation.


This chart has been calculated based on an overlap of 36 units (three subjects) between the HASS General Institute Requirement and the departmental requirements. Students who develop a program of study with more overlap will be able to select more unrestricted electives to meet the number of total units beyond the GIRs required for an SB degree.

Performance Subjects

21M.401MIT Concert Choir6
21M.405MIT Chamber Chorus6
21M.410Vocal Repertoire and Performance6
21M.421MIT Symphony6
21M.423Conducting and Score-Reading6
21M.426MIT Wind Ensemble6
21M.442MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble6
21M.445Chamber Music Society6
21M.450MIT Balinese Gamelan6
21M.451Collaborative Piano3-6
21M.460MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble6
21M.470MIT Laptop Ensemble6
21M.475Music Performance6
21M.480Advanced Music Performance9
21M.490Solo Recital6