The Music minor has been designed with the understanding that the study of music can be fulfilling for all students, even those who do not intend to pursue music as a career and those without extensive prior training in music. Those who already have some training and experience take the same Music Theory I course as the music majors, along with Music History I or II, four semesters of applied music, and two electives. Students who have little background in music can instead take a music reading course (Fundamentals of Music) and either Music Appreciation or Global Music for their core courses, along with four semesters of applied music and two electives. Students can choose their applied music concentration from voice, piano, organ (if they have had piano lessons) or choir.
A Music minor could use the skills and knowledge attained in this program to engage confidently in singing in a church or community choir.
Music minors can also pursue acting as the choir director or keyboardist for a small church.
Minors may also choose to simply enhance their lives by broadening their experience in different types of music.
MUS 1234: Music Theory & Aural Skills I
A study of the fundamental vocabulary of the language of music, focusing on practical application of written, analytical, and aural skills. Pre-requisite: a grade of C- or higher in MUS 1xx3 Fundamentals of Music, or a passing score on a proficiency exam administered by the Music faculty.
MUS 2033: Music History I
This course is a survey of classical art music that focuses on coverage of major composers, genres, and standard concert repertoire, both vocal and instrumental, from the Middle Ages through the Baroque period. Pre-requisite: a grade of C- or higher in MUS 1234 Music Theory & Aural Skills I.
MUS 2143: Global Music
This course is an introductory survey of music around the world (but outside the Western Classical tradition). Selected styles will be studied from the Middle East, India, Africa, China, Japan, Indonesia, Latin America, and Native North America, as well as folk traditions from Europe and the United States. Special attention will be paid to: understanding each style within its social, cultural and aesthetic contexts; learning a basic musical vocabulary for describing and analyzing the techniques used in the music; and exploring other global music outside of the classroom.