Registration for Courses

All students who are music majors (regardless of degree track) as well as music minors should first register for MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I and build the rest of your schedule around this course. In order to register for Music Theory I, you must have completed an online music theory assessment as well as an in-person (or virtual) aural skills assessment. Most students will have already completed the assessment as part of the audition process and will not need to take any further action before registering for Music Theory I.

However, if you have not yet taken the online music theory assessment, or if you have been asked to re-take all or a portion of the assessment, you will need to do so just prior to the start of the fall semester. Successful completion of both the written and aural skills components of the assessment are necessary in order to enroll in Music Theory I. Learn more about the online Music Theory Assessment. For students not ready to enroll in Music Theory I, we offer a Theory Fundamentals course to help you prepare for the music theory sequence.

Note: when selecting First Year Seminars in the incoming First Year Dashboard, be sure to avoid those that conflict with MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory 1. The lecture portion of Theory 1 meets MWF 9:00–9:50am, and the activity/aural skills portion meets either T/Th 9:00–9:50am or T/Th 10:00–10:50am (your choice, depending on section enrollment).

Choose the rest of your courses in accordance with your degree program.

B.A. with a Major in Music and Music Minors

First Semester

  • MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I (placement assessment required).
  • First Year Seminar (required course; please note, a number of seminars also fulfill the writing or other curricular requirements).
    • NOTE: when selecting First Year Seminars in the incoming First Year Dashboard, be sure to avoid those that conflict with MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory 1. The lecture portion of Theory 1 meets MWF 9:00–9:50am, and the activity/aural skills portion meets either T/Th 9:00–9:50 a.m. or T/Th 10:00–10:50 a.m. (your choice, depending on section enrollment).
  • Two courses that fulfill Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (second language recommended).
  • Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles. See important additional information below.

Bachelor of Music Education

First Semester

  • MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I (placement assessment required).
  • EDUC 201 Education Psychology
  • MUS_CLAS 120 Piano Skills I (0.25 course)
  • First Year Seminar that meets the first-year writing requirement. The writing component is a state requirement for teacher certification. If you feel you may have already fulfilled this requirement through other means, please speak with your summer academic advisor to select an alternative First Year Seminar.
  • A course that fulfills the Gettysburg Curriculum Quantitative, Inductive, and Deductive Reasoning goals (e.g. any math course, including MATH 103, 105, 111 or Computer Science 103).
  • Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles. Students do not register for these during the summer; all applied and ensemble registration is done upon arrival in the fall. See important additional information below.

For detailed registration information and more information, Bachelor of Music Education students should review the Music Education More Information page, which has a helpful advising webinar.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

First Semester

  • MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I (placement assessment required).
  • First Year Seminar (required course; please note, a number of seminars also fulfill the writing or other curricular requirements).
    • NOTE: when selecting First Year Seminars in the incoming First Year Dashboard, be sure to avoid those that conflict with MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory 1. The lecture portion of Theory 1 meets MWF 9:00–9:50 a.m., and the activity/aural skills portion meets either T/Th 9:00–9:50 a.m. or T/Th 10:00–10:50 a.m. (your choice, depending on section enrollment).
  • One course that fulfills Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (second language recommended)
  • Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles. See important additional information below.

Special Note: Students in the Bachelor of Music degree track will only pre–register for three courses, not four. Your fourth course will be MUSIC 157 Applied Studies, and you will register for that course in the first week of classes. If you get any messages from the Registrar or Office of Academic Advising and Student Support Services indicating you need a fourth course, please refer them to the Conservatory office.

Your advisor will also guide you in the selection of any other music requirements not listed above.

Applied Lesson and Ensemble Registration

Applied Music and Ensemble Registration will take place with your applied instructor and ensemble director(s) during the first week of classes. You will NOT be able to pre–register online for these classes.

Applied Music

  • Applied Music is a full course for Bachelor of Music degree students; BM students should pre–register for three full courses in addition to Applied Music.
  • All other music degree students should register for four courses; applied music will be a partial course added to your schedule.

Registration for applied music courses include Voice, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, or Strings. This includes students in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Ensembles

All conservatory students must perform in major ensembles on their primary instrument or voice as assigned by Conservatory faculty. Review the ensemble participation requirements. Students have the option to audition for additional ensembles, performing on a secondary instrument/voice if so desired. Audition information for the conservatory large ensembles will soon be available below. It is strongly suggested that you be well prepared for your audition(s) as seating can be competitive.

Audition information for the following ensembles will be posted no later than July 1:

Choirs, including College Choir, Concert Choir, Audeamus, and Camerata

Instrumental Ensembles, including Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra

Jazz, including Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Dispatch