The minor in music consists of a minimum of five course credits in music plus one course credit of applied music (instruction in performance). The minor should be structured as follows:
- Two courses in the theory area, chosen from MUSC 101 or 102 (depending upon placement) and MUSC 201 or 202.
- MUSC 252 or 253, and one additional course at the 200- or 300-level in music and culture.
- One course credit in elective(s) in music (not ensemble credits).
- One course credit of solo performance (normally four semesters at one-quarter credit per semester).
In unusual circumstances a student who is unable to get a full course credit of private lessons in the amount of time available may, with the approval of the music department chair, reduce the applied music requirement to one-half course credit. If this reduction is approved, an additional one-half course credit elective in music would be required. This mechanism is provided for the benefit of students who may not decide to identify a minor in music until the end of the junior year or beginning of the senior year, and who would not have enough time to receive a full course credit for private lessons (four semesters at one-quarter credit per semester).
As with the music major, credits received from participation in ensembles will not count toward the minimum requirements for the minor.