In order to graduate with departmental honors, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in the major, and 3.3 in university, pass the Ear-Training and Listening Repertoire requirements with a high score, and produce a final project, recital, or paper deemed worthy of honors. The project must be completed for a grade of A- or better to receive honors. There are various ways to fulfill the project:
- a research paper of no less than 40 pages and a public presentation of ca. 20 minutes on their findings;
- a recital of around 40 minutes, but no less than 30 minutes, with a paper of no less than 15 pages. Non-honors majors may still do a senior recital for credit as MU400, Readings and Research, but without it being considered for honors;
- a composition or set of compositions of no less than 15 minutes.