Music Minor

The Music Minor is a 20-credit hour curriculum designed for undergraduate students who wish to engage in the study of music through one of three curricular tracks:

• Performance
• Composition
• General Studies

Students take four required courses (eight credit hours) in music theory, aural skills, class piano and Western music history, and an additional 12 credit hours of required courses and electives in their area of specialization.

Which track is for you?

The Performance track is for students who desire individualized instruction by professional artists dedicated to training emerging solo and ensemble musicians. After completing the minor, your level of artistry and musicianship is roughly equal to the first two years of traditional music study. In addition to performing on and off campus, you will form personal connections with our faculty and other students. We provide a genuine sense of community that other programs often lack. Your graduation recital doesn’t simply represent a culmination of study; it prepares you for a lifelong exploration of music by developing your capacity for further musical training and self-instruction.

The Composition track teaches the basics of art music composition and is intended for students interested in composing works that extend the tradition of classical art music. This track is not designed to teach popular music composition but rather contemporary art music involving either acoustic instruments and voices or electronic instruments and media. You will learn to organize highly abstract ideas in ways beneficial to a wide range of professional endeavors. Upon graduation, you will be able to compose short works for small ensembles and/or electronic media that demonstrate control of the medium and your own personal musical vocabulary.

The General Studies track provides the greatest latitude for you to follow your own musical interests. With courses as diverse as World Music, Jazz History, Popular Music, and Songwriting with Digital Audio Workstations, students will acquire a broad understanding of the music of their world from a number of approaches. Students who participate in performing ensembles may also apply these credits towards this minor. If you want music—both in the classroom and on the concert stage—to be part of your educational career, and if you want to follow your interests, then this track is for you.

What is the admissions process?

You can easily apply for the Music Minor online via the Music Minor Application. Please choose only one track. Afterward, a Music Minor Advisor will contact you to discuss your goals, a plan of study, and the expectations of the Music Department.

For students in the Performance track, admission is through a preliminary audition. Upon recommendation, students are assigned an advisor and applied instructor and enroll in MUS 193. The jury exam at the end of their first semester of MUS 193 determines eligibility for continuation in the Performance track.

What are the requirements for the Music Minor?

Core Music Courses required for all tracks (8 required credit hours):

MUS 103: Theory and Musicianship I (3 cr) (Registering for Music Theory and Aural Skills Courses)
MUS 104: Theory and Musicianship Lab I (1 cr)
MUS 107: Class Piano I (1 cr) (required for General Studies and Composition tracks only)
MUS 207: Class Piano II (1 cr), required for students in the Performance track. Students who test out of MUS 207 must take MUS 154.
MUS 202: Introduction to Music Literature II (3 cr)

Performance Track (12 additional credit hours):
MUS 193: Applied Music I (2 semesters at 1cr each)(2cr)
MUS 293: Applied Music II (2 semesters at 1cr each)(2cr)
MUS 393: Recital (1 cr)
MUS XXX: Ensemble (4 semesters at 1 cr each semester)(4 cr); piano minors fulfill this requirement by taking 2 semesters of ensembles (2 cr) and MUS 208: Piano Pedagogy (2 cr)
MUS XXX: One 3-hour advised elective (3 cr)

Composition Track (12 additional credit hours):
MUS 153: Theory and Musicianship II (3 cr)
MUS 154: Theory and Musicianship Lab II (1 cr)
MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)
One of the following options:

  • MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr)
  • MUS/ARS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)
  • MUS 270 and 370: Songwriting Using Digital Audio Workstations and Intermediate Songwriting Using Digital Audio Workstations (each 2 cr; note that this option provides one additional free elective credit. Students must take both courses, or take one of MUS 270 or 370 and one of MUS 305 or 306.)

MUS 498: Independent Study in Music (2 cr) (1 additional free elective credit if the composition is performed publicly)

General Studies Track (12 additional credit hours):
MUS 200: Understanding Music: Global Perspectives (3 cr)

Electives: Choose 9 credit hours of electives from the following; two courses must be 3 credit hours each:
MUS XXX: Ensemble (up to 3 semesters at 1 cr each semester) (1-3 cr)
MUS 105: Introduction to Music in Western Society (3 cr)
MUS 150: Vocal Techniques (1 cr)
MUS 153: Theory and Musicianship II (3 cr)
MUS 154: Theory and Musicianship Lab II (1 cr)
MUS 201: Introduction to Music Literature I (3 cr)
MUS 206: America’s Music (3 cr)
MUS 207: Class Piano II (1 cr)
MUS 210: Introduction to Popular Music 1950s-1970s (3 cr)
MUS 211: Introduction to Popular Music 1980s-present (3 cr)
MUS/AFS 230: Introduction to African-American Music (3 cr)
MUS 240: Introduction to the Music Industry (3 cr)
MUS/AFS 260: History of Jazz (3 cr)
MUS 270: Songwriting Using Digital Audio Workstations (2 cr)
MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr)
MUS/ARS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)
MUS 310: Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3 cr)
MUS 315: Music of the 19th Century (3 cr)
MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)
MUS 330: Survey of Musical Theater (3 cr)
MUS 350: Music of Asia (3 cr)
MUS/WGS 360: Women in Music (3 cr)
MUS 370: Intermediate Songwriting Using Digital Audio Workstations (2 cr)