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. Most students already took the placement exams for music theory on the day of their on-campus audition and do not need to take any further action before registering for Music Theory I.

If you have not yet taken the placement exam, or if you have been asked to re-take all or a portion of the exam, you will do so during First-Year Orientation. A successful performance on both the written and aural skills components of the placement exam is necessary in order to enroll in Music Theory I. Learn more about the Theory Placement Exam. 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 test required).
  • First Year Seminar (highly recommended; 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 test required).
  • EDUC 201 Educational Psychology (the M/W 2:35–3:25 section)
  • MUS_CLAS 120 Piano Skills I (0.25 course)
  • First Year Seminar that meets the writing requirement. The writing component is a state requirement for teacher certification that must be completed in one of the following ways during the first semester:
    • an approved Gettysburg College course that meets the writing requirement (First Year Seminar that meets the writing requirement OR English 101/111).
    • scored a 35 or above on the new SAT Writing and Language test,
    • successfully completed an approved AP English Writing class with a score of 4 or higher.
    • NOTE: if you are using either SAT scores or AP English Writing to fulfill the writing requirement then you may enroll in any First Year Seminar regardless of whether it meets the writing requirement. Do this in consultation with your summer music education advisor.
    • NOTE 2: 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).
  • 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. You do not need to register for these during the summer; all applied and ensemble registration is done on your 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 test required).
  • First Year Seminar (highly recommended; 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 academic advising 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 can be found at the following links. It is strongly suggested that you be well prepared for your audition(s) as seating can be competitive.

Learn more about auditions for ensembles:

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

Instrumental Ensembles, including Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra

Jazz, including Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Dispatch