If you’re looking for a truly interdisciplinary education, consider adding a minor in music to your undergraduate experience. The skills you develop as a musician or gain as you deepen your understanding of music’s role in society will prepare you to think critically, lead with confidence and innovate in whatever field you choose.
Music is part of who you are and there’s no reason to give that up when you get to college. Our minor lets you choose whether to pursue focused study of your instrument, or explore music more broadly through one of our two curriculum tracks:
General studies track
Many of the courses in the music minor are only one credit-hour each and fit easily into your schedule. Our outstanding faculty will help you get exactly what you want out of your music minor.
You’ll also join our passionate community of student-musicians, music scholars and enthusiasts on campus, while building a foundation for lifelong music making and engagement with the arts.
Being a vocal performance minor has been both a challenging and rewarding experience for me to become a stronger musician and performer.
Rachel Harris, ’22
B.S. Industrial Engineering Music Minor – Vocal Performance
Choose your track
In the performance track, you’ll develop your artistry and musicianship on your instrument through private study with our applied faculty of professional musicians. Through one-on-one instruction, departmental recitals and ensemble performance, you will form personal and meaningful connections with our faculty and other students, and become part of our passionate community of student-musicians. The performance track culminates in a final recital, and prepares you for a lifelong exploration of music by developing your capacity for further musical training and self-instruction.
General Studies Track
The general studies track opens up our full catalog of courses so you can shape the curriculum that most interests you. Once you complete your core courses, you’ll have 60+ classes to choose from—including performing ensembles, world music, music theory, popular music, and songwriting with digital audio workstations. Through the general studies track, you’ll acquire a broad understanding of music from a number of approaches, with the flexibility to follow your curiosities where they lead.
Current NC State students can use the self-service Change of Degree Application (CODA) portal to add the music minor to their degree plan. Afterward, a music minor advisor will contact you to discuss your goals and plan of study. Prospective students do not need to declare the minor in advance of their admission to the university.
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.