2019-20 Pomona College Catalog 
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Professor Eric Lindholm, department chair

Professors Beeks1, Di Grazia1, Flaherty, Lee, Lindholm, Lytle
Associate Professors Cramer, Rockwell2
Assistant Professors Givens, Schreffler
Lecturers Addington, Agbeli, Blankenburg, Bradford, Catlin, Jung, Kallay, Wenten
Cathy Endress, academic coordinator


Performance Music Faculty:Voice: M. Givens, G. Lytle,  T. Bevard, G. Geiger, S. Graff, U. Kleinecke, S. Lehmkuhl. Organ: W. Peterson. Piano: G. Lee, G. Blankenburg, J. Jung, A. Kallay, P. Young. Violin: T. Pelev, S. Thornblade. Viola: C. Fogg. Cello: M. Parkins. String Bass: C. Deeter. Flute: R. Rudich. Oboe: F. Castillo. Clarinet: G. Bovyer. Bassoon: C. Beck. Saxophone: K. Foerch. French Horn: D. Ondarza. Trumpet: R. Burkhart. Trombone: P. Keen. Tuba and Euphonium: S. Klein. Guitar: J. Sanders, J. Yoshida. Timpani and Percussion: T. Dimond. Harp: M. Dropkin.


The Music Department offers instruction for students who wish to study music as one of the liberal arts, as well as for those who are seeking a professional career in musical performance, scholarship, or related fields. Students from widely divergent musical backgrounds are encouraged to become involved in the study and practice of the musical arts at Pomona. They may enroll in private instrumental or vocal lessons at beginning or more advanced levels. Courses without prerequisites are designed specifically for students who possess little or no musical background; courses in the major curriculum are of interest to music majors and any other students with musical training and experience.

Most of the Music Department’s full-credit courses fulfill General Education Area 1 (Criticism, Analysis, and Contextual Study of Works of the Human Imagination). Check individual course listings for confirmation.

Students may instead choose to fulfill Area 6 (Creation and Performance of Works of Art and Literature) through courses earning 0.25 or 0.5 credits per semester. These courses fall into two broad categories: Instruction in Applied Music (MUS 006 PO , MUS 007 PO , MUS 010 PO MUS 015 PO , MUS 020 PO , and MUS 100 PO ) and Performance Ensembles (MUS 031 PO , MUS 032 PO , MUS 033 PO , MUS 035 PO , MUS 037 PO , MUS 041 PO , MUS 042B PO , MUS 042C PO , and other MUS 042  PO courses when offered). (MUS 040 PPO  does not contribute to the GE Area 6 requirement.) The GE Area 6 requirement may be satisfied by amassing (at least) 1.0 credit in Instruction in Applied Music, or by amassing (at least) 1.0 credit in Performance Ensembles. Combining courses from both categories to reach a total of 1.0 credit does not satisfy the requirement.

To satisfy Area 6 through Instruction in Applied Music, all courses taken must be on the same instrument or on voice.

For students taking four semesters of 0.25 credit lessons, a Qualifying Examination, administered by the Music Department at the beginning and end of each semester, must be taken by the end of the fourth semester of lessons.

To satisfy Area 6 through Performance Ensembles, two 0.5 credit courses are required. For ensembles with course numbers in the 30s (MUS 031 PO , MUS 032 PO , MUS 033 PO , MUS 035 PO , and MUS 037 PO ), the same course must be taken in two consecutive semesters. For ensembles with course numbers in the 40s, (MUS 041 PO , MUS 042B PO MUS 042C PO , and other MUS 042  PO courses when offered), any two courses (or the same course twice) will satisfy the requirement.


1On leave fall 2019 2On leave spring 2020 3On leave 2019-20


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