Honors Tutorial College in Music
The Honors Tutorial College program in music is designed for excellent scholar musicians who wish to work closely with dedicated faculty through tutorials, individual lessons, and ensembles. The program balances a commitment to breadth and rigor, while providing opportunities for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to creatively explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues.
The degree includes a tutorial each term, applied study and upper-division music courses, language courses, and collateral studies. Individualized instruction and a flexible curriculum allow each Honors Tutorial College student to pursue a course of study tailored to his or her interests, including music history, music theory, composition, performance, or some combination.
As a musician, I attempt to hear something that someone else plays and learn it as a type of word. I then study that word, and the context in which I can incorporate it musically, ultimately making my own statement.
What you’ll learn
Students work with the Director of Studies in music to design a curriculum based on their particular interests and talents, with breadth of experience, depth in selected areas, and superior achievements as the goals. The Director of Studies functions as curriculum advisor and coordinator of tutorials throughout the student’s program. This program is for high ability students who prefer a more independent approach than is available in traditional programs. Students have the opportunity to progress well beyond material covered in conventional courses, insuring excellent preparation for graduate study.
HTC Student experience:
Students take eight tutorials in four years. The tutorials for the first two years have a fixed content.
Year one focuses on theory, musicianship, and functional keyboard skills, while year two focuses on music history, with more intensity and depth than courses otherwise available to students.
Third-year tutorials allow students to pursue areas of interest, while fourth-year tutorials focus on the completion of a thesis.
Applying to the program
Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability, superior musical ability, and the potential for self-motivated study and research. In most cases, minimum credentials include a high school rank in the upper 10%, and high scores on standardized tests (a minimum of 30 on the ACT or a combined math/verbal score of 1300 on the SAT). In addition to the requirements for admission to the HTC, students must also pass an audition with the School of Music on the primary instrument or voice.
Music honors college faculty
If you’d like more information about the music honors college tutorial, reach out to Professor Christopher Fisher.