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Music Minor

Program Overview

The music minor curriculum is designed to educate students interested in studying and practicing music as an avocation.  The curriculum focuses on the development of content knowledge in popular and world music history in addition to performance skills as a soloist and member of an ensemble.  It is possible to complete the music minor curriculum in six semesters.  Total 23 Credits: 9 credits in course work; 6 credits in ensemble: 8 credits in private instruction. 

Music Minor Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:

  • Differentiate between stylistic periods in the history Western art music, jazz and rock and roll, American popular music and the traditional music of non-Western societies in Oceania, Asia, and Africa.  
  • Recognize specific musical examples. 
  • Put development of Western music and American Popular Music  into historical, political, and social perspective.
  • Know the significance and contributions of composers, and artists in the development of Western art and popular music.
  • Know the significance and contributions of specific artists, composers, and producers in the music industry.
  • Make connections between the development of American popular music and the development of music technology. 
  • Identify general stylistic features of the traditional music of Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
  • Explain the place of music and the role of the musicians in non-western and western traditional cultures.  
  • Explain the political, social, economic and cultural contexts of the music of all areas studied. 
  • Sing  or play with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of vocal literature with a level of difficulty of 4-5 on a scale of 1 to 6.
  • Demonstrate well-developed ensemble skills.
  • Sing (vocalists only) in Italian, Latin, German, and English, demonstrating correct pronunciation and attention to syllabic stress.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of vocal or instrumental pedagogy including how the instrument works, and the science of acoustics as it pertains to the instrument.


Music Minor