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Music Minor


Primary or Secondary Minor

The minor in music is designed to develop basic musicianship and music appreciation through performance, rehearsal techniques, theoretical analysis and listening experiences. These skills can be applied in a number of career fields, including education, performing arts, ministry, marketing and media production, among others.

Class instruction in piano and voice are offered for students with little or no background.

Core Music Minor Courses

MUSC 114 - Music Theory I

An introductory course covering the basic elements of music including pitch, notation, rhythm, meter, scales, key signatures, modes, intervals and triads. This course is designed for the student with little or no background in music theory. Students with previous formal instruction in music theory may request to test out of this course by passing a Fundamentals Exam (see instructor). Read more »

MUSC 114L - Music Theory Lab I

Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory I. This course introduces students to sight singing using solfege syllables and to basic ear training skills. Exercises in keyboard harmony are also included. Read more »

MUSC 115 - Music Theory II

Continued study of tonality in vocal and instrumental music including four-part choral writing and voice leading procedures. Also includes harmonic cadences, nonharmonic tones, melodic organization, rhythm, texture, and dominant seventh chords. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 or permission of instructor Read more »

MUSC 115L - Music Theory Lab II

Sight singing and ear training lab corresponding to the regular lecture classes in Music Theory II. Basic practice in sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation. Exercises in keyboard harmony are also included. Read more »

MUSC 248 - Music History and Literature II

A study of musical developments in art music from the Classical Period (1760-70) through to the present day. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of styles, forms, instrumentation, and performance practice. The emergence and development of the symphony, sonata, concerto, art song, and opera will be studied as well as a variety of different music compositional styles. These styles include (but are not limited to): Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Neoclassicism, Primitivism, Serialism, Aleatoric music, Electronic music, Neoromanticism, and Minimalism. Very little emphasis will be placed on popular music or jazz. The musical elements will be introduced and the student is expected to do aural analysis and be able to identify through listening to music and forms from each of these periods of music history. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The music minor also requires one of the following courses: MUSC 125, MUSC 225 or MUSC 247, plus one additional elective.

Six semesters of applied lessons in either voice or piano, six semesters of ensembles and six semesters of recital attendance are also required for the music minor.

Cliff Singers is the required ensemble for the music minor with vocal emphasis.

An additional fee is charged for private lessons in organ, piano and voice.