Music, Minor

The minor in music offers students an opportunity to explore electives in music along with a music theory course appropriate to the student’s level of experience. The foundation of the minor is a unique introductory course, Music in Everyday Life (MUSC 1001), which investigates many dimensions of the musical experience and music’s contributions to culture.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

A grade of C or better is required in all music courses. 

Music Theory and Musicianship

MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Complete one course from the following. Music theory placement test permits placement into Music Theory 1 or higher.4
Fundamentals of Western Music Theory
Music Theory 1
Music Theory 2
Analyzing Popular Genres

Music Literature Electives

Complete two courses from the following. Four semesters of ensembles may be substituted for one elective:8
Women in Music
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
Music in Popular Culture
Rock Music
Film Music
Debussy and the Music of Paris
Music Therapy 1
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Historical Traditions: America
Black Popular Music
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Musical Communities of Boston
Historical Traditions: Classical
Historical Traditions: World
Punk Rock
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Music, Sound, and the Screen
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Topics in Music since 1900
Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology
All ensembles are 1 credit:
Concert Band
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Blues/Rock Ensemble
Create Your Own Music
Chamber Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jazz Choir and Combo
World Music Ensemble
Fusion Ensemble
Pep Band

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor