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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Minor

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Program: Minor
School of Music  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center (RC) 144 ~ 260-481-6714

A minor in music is designed for students who wish to explore the field of music while majoring in another area. The student may customize the curriculum to realize their own musical and creative potential. To earn this minor, you must complete the courses listed below and earn a grade of C- or better in each.

The student learning outcomes for the music minor are as follows relative to areas of chosen study:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound. 
  • Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and/or a secondary instrument. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history. 
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their focused area of study. 

Program Description

Students can join in the music making, even if music is not their major, with a music minor program that includes 18 credit hours of music courses. This allows students flexibility to pursue their interests along with an 8 hour core of music classes. Choose from tracks in performance, music recording technology, and general music are available, and compliment any major by continuing your musical study.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Minor:

  • Students wishing to declare this minor will pass a basic playing audition with an appropriate music faculty member.  For more information contact the School of Music .

Program Requirements

Music Fundamentals: Credits 3

Select one of the following courses:

Music History and Literature: Credits 3

Select one of the following courses:

Applied Study and/or Ensemble: Credits 2

Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours credit in ensembles or applied study.

Placement in ensembles and/or applied studios by audition only.

  • Applied Study (100, 200, or 300 level with jury examination)       
  • Ensembles   

Choose a track - 10 credits

Students choose one of three tracks to pursue to complete their minor; choose one from General Music, Music Recording Technology, or Performance Studies. - 10 credit hours.


General Music

10 credit hours

Any combination of School of Music course offerings with the prefix MUSC.  Students are required to meet all course prerequisite and proficiency level expectations.

Music Recording Technology

Music Recording Technology (required 10 credit hours of courses)

* Students pursuing this option must successfully complete a pre-screening process and receive acceptance to the courses by the director of the Music Recording Technology program.

Performance Studies

10 credits from the options below:

Applied Music study: 200 or 300 level. (2 credits per semester). Available for the study of voice, piano, organ, winds, brass, orchestral strings, guitar and percussion.

Ensemble: (1 credit per semester) Symphonic Band (MUSC 04000),  Symphonic Wind Ensemble (MUSC 04100), Community Orchestra (MUSC 04300), University Singers (MUSC 07100), Jazz Ensemble (MUSC 04200), Guitar Ensemble (MUSC 34100).

* All applied study and ensembles require an audition/instructor permission.

Total Credits: 18

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.


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