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Minor in Music (19 credits)

The minor in music is designed to give the student a significant educational experience in the musical arts. An audition is not required for admission, however auditions are required for studio instruction and some performing ensembles. A non-music major fee structure applies. The requirements are as follows:

  • Music Theory and Literature — 6 credits:  MUY 101 – Fundamentals of Music, 3 cr.  (Note:  For  qualified students, either MUY 310 or MUY 410 could be substituted for this requirement) MUL 202 – The Art of Listening to Music:  Historical Survey, 3 cr.
  • Music History — 3 credits: MUH 2XX (any 200-level Music History course), or: HTY 484 – History of Jazz, or: WST 250, Women in Music, usually sec. 860.  (Note:  If the student wishes to take BOTH HTY 484 and WGS 250, 3 of the credit hours would count toward electives)
  • Music Performance4 credits total, any combination of:  MUO XXX (performance ensembles), and/or: MUS XXX (private lessons — extra fee required), and/or: MUE 2XX (voice/ins. classes for mus. ed. majors)
  • Music Electives6 credits total, consisting of courses with any MU prefix (MUE XXX, MUH XXX, MUL XXX, MUO XXX, MUP XXX, MUS XXX, and/or MUY XXX), to be selected in consultation with music minor faculty.  HTY 484 and WGS 250 (Women in Music) are also acceptable MU as music electives.

No grade lower than a C- will be accepted for any course which constitutes a portion of the minor.

Minor in Jazz Studies (19 credits)

The Minor in Jazz Studies is designed to offer students a significant and in-depth experience with jazz, designated an American National Treasure by the 100th U.S. Congress in 1987.

In addition to a total absence of instrument specificity, the performance and study of jazz allows individuals to access a nearly limitless repertory. For musicians whose available solo repertory is quite limited, this opens the door to a lifetime of personal creativity and participation with music in general and jazz in particular.

The focus of this program is the study of jazz through the art of improvisation, that is, spontaneous musical composition. In addition, highly specific arranging skills (for piano and one other instrument only), as well as sufficient piano skills for the performance of the arrangements created in the coursework, are part of the materials to be covered. The overall purpose is for the students to develop integrated skills in jazz theory, composition, and performance which will allow them to continue to be involved in this music throughout their future musical lives.

Students who elect this program must play a musical instrument of some description in “C,” “Bb,” “Eb,” or “C bass clef” only, that is capable of single-note pitches and a full chromatic scale in tempered tuning. Unpitched percussion is not among these, but percussionists can participate in the coursework on mallet instruments. Vocalists as well will need to play a pitched musical instrument that meets the criteria outlined above. Pianists will need their own portable keyboards.

The requirements are as follows:

  • MUY 310 Jazz Improvisation 3 cr.
  • MUY 311 Jazz Improvisation, II 3 cr.
  • MUY 410 Chamber Jazz Arranging and Piano, I 3 cr.
  • MUY 411 Chamber Jazz Arranging and Piano, II 3 cr.
  • HTY 484 History of Jazz 3 cr.
  • Performing Organizations (see below): 4 cr.
    • A maximum of 2 credits of Jazz Ensemble (MUO 143), with the remainder in Chamber Jazz Ensemble
    • (MUO 155); or 4 credits of Chamber Jazz Ensemble
    • (MUO 155) _________

Total 19 cr.

No grade lower than a C- will be accepted for any course which constitutes a portion of the minor.


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