The Minor in Music Performance has a prescribed area of focus for a student who wishes to pursue excellence in music performance or conducting.

Requirements for the Minor in Music Performance

The Minor in Music Performance has a prescribed area of focus for a student who wishes to pursue excellence in music performance or conducting.

Prerequisite: minimum 1 term of juried lessons at the 200 level; entry into the minor in music performance is by audition only. Auditions will usually take place during juries held at the end of each term.

36 credits required, including:

  • Musical Foundations and Theory (3-6 credits)*
  • Juried Applied Lessons (10 credits)
    • Any combination of 1- or 2-credit juried lessons; normally these 10 credits of applied study will be on the same instrument/voice, but in areas such as non-Western and American folk, students may petition to count lessons on more than one instrument/voice.
      Composition 153J/253J does not satisfy this requirement
  • Ensemble (3 credits)
    • Three credits from any course number Music 185 to Music 199 (inclusive)
  • MUSC 342: Music Performance Seminar (3 credits)
  • MUSC 299: Recital (3 credits)
    Must be taken once, may be repeated for elective credit
  • Music Electives (12-15 credits to total 36 credits)

Any additional MUSC credits, including classroom courses, ensembles, applied lessons.

It is recommended–though not required–that students minoring in music performance take additional courses in theory, history, composition, or world musics.

*As per the college catalog, a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam grants six credits. This does not grant students automatic exemption from MUSC 103 (Musicianship Lab 1) and/or MUSC 110 (Theory I); exemption in these courses is determined by the departmental placement exam. Credits earned via the AP exam do not count for elective credit in the major or minor.