Music plays an integral part in the human experience, and the Music Minor encourages students to think deeply about music and to improve their musical abilities. The minor is designed to be flexible and to accommodate a wide range of students with varying musical backgrounds (including the classically trained musician, the garage-band performer, and the non-performing music lover). This minor develops active listening skills and introduces students to a variety of music literature and academic discourse about music. The minor fosters critical and analytical thinking about the ways music is constructed and the way it functions in society, while also encouraging students to solve compositional, historical-cultural, and performance problems. Communication is at the core of music, and students in the Music Studies Minor develop the ability to communicate musically and verbally in writing.
Students should first complete the literature and theory foundations core and then select courses that fit their personal interests.
Minor Requirements (18-19 credits):
Literature and Theory Foundations
- Nine credits from the following, including at least one performance-based class (lesson or ensemble). .
- MUS-101 Aural Skills I (1 cr)
- MUS-102.1 Aural Skills II (1 cr)
- MUS-103.1 Music Theory I (3 cr)
- MUS-104.1 Music Theory II (3 cr)
- MUS-202.1 Music Theory III (3 cr)
- MUS-203.1 Music Theory IV (3 cr)
- MUS-301 Counterpoint (2 cr)
- MUS-112 Introduction to World Music (3 cr)
- MUS-113 Music of Love, Death, & All the Rest (3 cr)
- MUS-115 Beethoven: Music, Context, & Myth Making (3 cr)
- MUS-116 Mozart: Music, Context, & Myth Making (3 cr)
- MUS-205 Survey of Opera History (2 cr)
- MUS-308 Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain (3 cr)*
- MUS-311.1 Music History I (3 cr)
- MUS 312.1 Music History II (3 cr)
- MUS-400 Musicology Seminar (3 cr)
- Approved Independent Study courses
- Applied or Group lessons (MUSAP-130, MUS-133, MUSAP-230, MUSAP-330, MUSAP-430) (0.5-1 cr)
- Ensembles (0.5-3 cr)
- Any other courses approved by the department
Student Learning Outcomes
- Critical Thinking
- Analytical Reasoning
- Problem Solving
- Communication through writing and music
- Identify, through listening and in writing, the six major period-styles in Western music history.
- Identify, through listening and in writing, prominent pieces of music literature and central composers in Western music.
- Demonstrate fluency in reading music and in basic music theory.