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Music Minor

The music minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

MUSC 115: Introduction to Music
3 credit hours

This is an introductory course in the music of western culture for non-music majors, designed to help students listen to music in greater depth and to acquire a basic knowledge of the musician’s technique and vocabulary. Although the material emphasized in the course will be western art music, the listening and evaluation skills developed during the course can be applied to any musical genre.

MUSC 117: Music Theory I
3 credit hours

Introduction to the basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached through hearing, writing and analytical; work in diatonic harmony and basic species counterpoint. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing I.

MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

Applied lessons to Level 2 (2 hrs.)
Choir, Band, or Orchestra (6 hrs.)

Electives (6 hrs.) 

MUSC 118: Music Theory II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MUSC 117. Continuation of diatonic harmony with an emphasis on 4-part writing. Analysis of Bach chorales and an introduction to musical forms. All students must enroll in Ear Training and Sight Singing II.

MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
1 credit hours

An aural skills course to be taken concurrently with music theory. Each corresponding aural skills course reinforces the skills being taught in written theory through interval, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation as well as through the preparation and sight singing of music.

MUSC 116: History of American Pop Music
3 credit hours

This course examines the historical significance of popular music in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. We will focus on the musical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions ("the context") of genres ranging from the Minstrel Show and Tin Pan Alley to blues, jazz, swing, country, folk, soul, rock, disco, and hip-hop.

MUSC 224: Jazz History
3 credit hours

This course is a survey of the history of jazz from its origins as African- American slave music to the present day. Topics will include musical trends, influential musicians and discussion of political, racial and social factors that have contributed to the development of the genre.

MUSC 321, 322: History of Music I and II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MUSC 118. 
A survey of the history and literature of music from Greco-Roman times to the present. Emphasis upon the study of musical forms and styles against the background of historic, artistic and cultural developments. 3 hours each semester.

Applied Lessons (2 hrs.) 
Ensembles (2 hrs.)