Music Minors

Undergraduate Music Minors
The School of Music offers three options for a minor - the Minor in Music, the Minor in Musical Theatre, and the Minor in Jazz Studies.  All music minors allow a student the opportunity to earn a credential containing a balance of academic and practical musical knowledge without pursuing a music major. The Minor in Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre.  Designation of a completed minor will appear on the diploma and transcript along with the major degree. 

To officially declare your minor, fill out the declaration form at this link: Once you have received confirmation of your minor declaration, you can access your progress towards your minor by running a degree audit. If you have questions about the minor after you view your degree audit, contact the advisor for the minor (Kay Gregory). More information on declaring a minor can be found here.

A total of 18 hours of music courses, with a minimum number in each category listed below. Six credits must be 2000-level or higher.  Because of the prerequisites that many courses have, the course numbers suggested below (in parentheses) usually constitute the minimum requirements.

Music Theory (Four hours: Music 1220 and 1221)
Music History (Six hours: Music 1322, 2307, and 2308)
Music Performance (Four hours, chosen from among appropriate applied classes [generally 
Music 2445] and/or ensemble courses [e.g., Music 1841 or 1842]).

The student chooses one of the above categories for his or her "emphasis area" and earns at least 4 additional hours in that category with the approval of his music advisor. If history or theory is the emphasis area, then the normal course sequence must be followed.

The Jazz Studies Minor is not intended for beginners; rather, it is for students with basic musical knowledge. Hence, some of the required courses have pre-requisites, and auditions are required both for ensembles and for admission to the programs.

Course Requirements (student must pass with a ‘C-’ or higher): 

  • Music 4645: Jazz Improvisation (2 credits) 
  • Music 4210: Jazz Harmony and Arranging I (2 credits) 
  • Music 4211: Jazz Harmony and Arranging II (2 credits) 
  • Music 1311: Jazz, Pop, and Rock (3 credits) 
  • Music 1620: Jazz Piano Class (1 credit) 
  • Music 2445: Studio Instruction or additional hours in Jazz Ensembles (3 credits) 
  • Music 1841/1846: Jazz Ensembles (2 credits) 
  • One semester of large jazz ensemble 
  • One semester of small jazz combo 

Instrumentalists (other than drummers): 

Prepare one jazz standard and one blues in the key of your choice, improvising on each piece. Please provide your own accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD). 


Perform the following grooves at the prescribed tempos: 

Swing at 120 bpm 

Double-Time Swing at 240 bpm 

Bossa Nova at 100 bpm 

Samba (double-time bossa nova) at 100 bpm (half-note) 

Funk/Hiphop at 100 bpm 

Ballad (with brushes) at 80 bpm 

Alternating four (4) measures swing with four (4) measures solo at 120 bpm


Prepare one medium up-tempo jazz standard and one ballad, no more than one chorus of each.  Please provide your own piano accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD). 

The Minor of Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary minor between the School of Music and the Theatre Department consisting of 18 credit hours. 

Music Courses

MUS_THRY 1220: Tonal Music Theory I or
MUS_THRY 1213: Introduction to Music Theory or
MUSIC_NM 1211: Fundamentals of Music I (2 credits)

MUS_ENS 1842: Choral Ensemble (1 credit)

MUS_ENS 1865: Opera Workshop (1 credit)

MUS_APMS 2455: Studio Instruction or 
MUS_APMS 2445: Studio Instruction (1 credit)

MUS_H_LI 4376: American Musicals (3 credits)

Theatre Courses

THEATR 1420: Stage Movement for the Actor or 
THEATR 3420: Acting I (3 credits)

THEATR 2300: Production Workshop I or 
Performance Workshop (1 credit)

THEATR 2800: Principles of Script Analysis (3 credits)

THEATR 4460: Musical Theatre Performance (3 credits)

Graduate Minors

The Graduate Minor in Musicology provides the opportunity for graduate music students to develop and/or strengthen their skills in this academic area. In addition, completing this minor can enhance the employability of individuals with degrees in performance, theory, or composition, by preparing them to teach courses in music appreciation and music history.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in a graduate music degree program. 

MUS_H_LI 8313: Introduction to Graduate Study (2 credits)

MUS_H_LI 8314: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music II (1 credit)

MUS_H_LI 7330: Music of the PostModern Era - Or any period course, including one of the following:
MUS_H_LI 7336: Music in the Baroque Era or
MUS_H_LI 7337: Music of the Classic Era or
MUS_H_LI 7338: Music of the Romantic Era or
MUS_H_LI 7339: Music of the Modern Era (3 credits)

MUS_H_LI 7311: Historical Studies in Art Song  - Or any genre course, including one of the following:
MUS_H_LI 7312: Historical Studies in Choral MusicMUS_H_LI 7313: Historical Studies in Opera or
MUS_H_LI 7315: Historical Studies in Chamber or MusicMUS_H_LI 7317: Historical Studies in Jazz and Popular Music or
MUS_H_LI 7318: Studies in World Music or
MUS_H_LI 7320: Historical Studies in African-American or MusicMUS_H_LI 7341: Advanced Studies in American Music (3credits)

MUS_H_LI 8340: Focal Composers (3 credits)

MUS_GENL 8085: Problems in Music (Capstone independent study project) (3 credits)

MUS_H_LI 7350: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Not a required course, but may substitute for a period, genre, or focal composer course) (3 credits)