The mission of the music program is to teach the theory, history, and practice of music to the highest attainable standard in the context of a liberal arts environment, and to pursue and foster its performance, composition, and scholarly study.
In order to complete the minor in music, a student will:
- learn to read music, and acquire fundamental listening and sight-reading skills.
- learn the basic principles of music theory.
- study representative great works of music literature and the composers who produced them.
- make substantial progress in learning to sing or play an instrument.
- sing in a choir, or play in an instrumental ensemble. They may also present a solo recital, with the permission of their teacher.
This will require that the student complete 15 credit hours of instruction, normally including the following:
- Music Theory I, 3 cr.
- Music in the Western Tradition, 3 cr.
- At least three semesters of private applied music, 3 cr.
- At least three semesters of ensemble, 3 cr.
- Three elective credits, at the 300-level or above, 3 cr.
Independent study courses are only offered to music minors or other students majoring or minoring within the program of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts.