The harp program at Purchase College is small and highly selective, designed to train, mentor, and prepare harpists for a professional career in music.
The curriculum is built around private weekly lessons, in which students work on solo and ensemble repertoire and harp pedagogy. In harp performance class, students come together to perform for one another, exchange ideas, prepare for orchestral auditions, learn about instrumental maintenance, perform in harp ensemble, and grow as active participants of this artistic community. Additionally, harpists at Purchase participate in comprehensive ensemble coursework in orchestra, opera, and chamber music, as well as a variety of smaller ensembles.
Bachelor of Music Requirements:
In addition to meeting General Education requirements, undergraduate music performance majors who concentrate in harp must complete the following conservatory requirements (104 credits). Of the 104 credits, up to 8 credits of music history may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the degree.
Freshman Year: 26 credits
Sophomore Year: 31 credits
Junior Year: 28 credits
Senior Year: 19 credits
*Music History Electives (Effective Fall 2020)
MUS 1060/Reflections Western Music
MTH 1560/Introduction to World Music
MTH 2130/Music and Politics, 1800-1950
MTH 3170/Techniques of Composition for Performers
MTH 3400/History of Jazz I
MTH 3450/History of Jazz II
MTH 3520/Disruption and Art Music
MTH 3575/Music from Antiquity
MTH 3576/Music of the Common Practice Era
MTH 3577/Expansion of Chromaticism
MTH 3578/Music Since 1945
MTH 3600/The Music of J. S. Bach
MTH 3620/Music of Beethoven
MTH 3630/Berlioz, Wagner, and Liszt
MTH 3670/Mahler and Strauss
MTH 3680/Shostakovich and The Soviet Era
MTH 4075/Post-Tonal Theory & Analysis
MTH 4120/History of Recorded Music I
MTH 4130/History of Recorded Music II
MTH 4235/Opera Queens: LGBTQ Representation in Opera Onstage and Off
MTH 4340/World Traditions in Music
MUS 4520/Trends in Music in Society
Master of Music requirements:
Graduate music majors who concentrate in harp must meet the following conservatory requirements (42 credits) and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at Purchase College. Students must complete at least one semester of MPE 5205 or MPE 5565.
First Year: 21 credits
Second Year: 21 credits
Music Artist Diploma Requirements:
This diploma is intended for graduate students in music who have completed the master’s degree requirements for their areas of study.
To earn the Artist Diploma in harp, students must meet the following conservatory requirements (18 credits for the one-year program; 36 credits for the two-year program):
First Year: 18 credits
Second Year: 18 credits
Music Performers Certificate Requirements:
This is a postbaccalaureate program for students who have completed the undergraduate requirements for their areas of study and are entering into careers as performers in solo, ensemble, or studio settings.
To earn the Performers Certificate in harp, students must meet the following conservatory requirements (18 credits for the one-year program; 36 credits for the two-year program):
First Year: 18 credits
Second Year: 18 credits
Lecturer of Music, Harp
- BM, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma, Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica, Madrid (Spain)
Official Catalog: Published September 22, 2023
Since actual course offerings vary from semester to semester, students should consult the myHeliotrope course schedule to determine whether a particular course is offered in a given semester.
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