Music (Minor)

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Enhance your major with music theory and history, through a flexible music minor program.

The music minor is designed for students who are interested in a broad introduction to the study of music. The program allows for a diverse exposure to traditional through contemporary music practices, with numerous course options based on students' interests.

At A Glance

Music (Minor)

Application requirements

Adding the Minor
Students who wish to add the music studies minor in music should consult with their major area advisor to add the minor.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The School of Music offers a minor in music consisting of 24 credit hours of coursework, including a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all courses.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Notes: Only offered as an iCourse.
Notes: Only offered as an iCourse.
Notes: Bach to Bebop is only offered in fall semesters.
Music History -- 6 credit hours
Music Electives -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The School of Music offers a minor in music consisting of 24 credit hours of course work, including a minimum 12 upper-division credit hours. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all courses.

Required Courses: (12 credit hours)
MHL 201 Media Literacy for Musicians, CS (3)*
MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music Notation (3)*
MUS 131 Bach to Bebop (3)
MUS 340 Music for the Concert Hall, Stage and Screen HU, H (3)

Music history: (6 credit hours; select two of the following four courses)
MUS 347 Jazz in America, HU, C (3)
MUS 355 American Music, HU, C, H (3)
MUS 356 Broadway and the American Musical, HU (3)
MUS 410 History of Women in Music, HU, C, H (3)

Electives: (6 credit hours; choose two of the following five courses)
MUS 354 Beatles, HU (3)
MUS 354 Classic Rock: 1950-1975, HU (3)
MUS 354 Elvis, HU (3)
MUS 354 Rock Since 1975, HU (3)
MUS 362 Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture, HU, C (3)

*The online iCourse version of this course is required.

Notes: MHL, MTC, MUP courses may be accepted as electives if the appropriate prerequisites are met and with instructor approval. Music reading and notation skills are a prerequisite for the music minor.

Please note: MUS 131 Bach to Bebop is only offered during the fall semester.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: All music majors

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide.

Graduates with a minor in music have additional knowledge that can help them as they pursue careers in arts administration, teaching, fundraising management or marketing.

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ASU Online offers programs like Music in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

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