Music Minor

The Music Minor offers students the opportunity to explore music to enrich their studies and receive formal recognition on their diploma. The minor also makes music studies more accessible to students with already demanding majors, such as engineering. Students who have played with an ensemble regularly will likely only need 2 or 3 additional classes to complete the minor.

OFFICIAL REQUIREMENTS 

Effective Fall 2019

Exclusions:

A minor in Music is not open to students with a major in Music, including those in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Advising

A minor in music is developed in consultation with a department advisor in music. Appointments are scheduled through the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall (764-0332).  Appointments may also be scheduled by emailing the LSA Music Advisor at lsamusicadvisor@umich.edu or by calling (734) 764-8623.

Prerequisites

None, but ability to read music and instrumental or vocal performance experience is recommended.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

15 credits of music courses must be taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

One introductory course in MUSICOL or THEORY chosen from:

  • MUSICOL 121: Introduction to the Art of Music
  • MUSICOL 122: Introduction to World Music
  • MUSICOL 123: Introduction to Popular Music
  • MUSICOL 130: Opera!
  • MUSICOL 345: History of Music – Middle Ages to Baroque
  • MUSICOL 346: History of Music – Baroque to modern era
  • THEORY 137: Introduction to the Theory of Music
  • THEORY 238: Introduction to Musical Analysis

Minimum four additional electives in music, at least two of which must be at the 300-level or above.  Elective selections must include one or more courses in two of the following five areas: COMP, MUSICOL, THEORY, PAT, or performance.

  • COMP 221: Introduction to Elementary Composition
  • COMP 222: Composition
  • COMP 233: Special Topics in Composition
  • COMP 415: Introduction to Electronic Music
  • COMP 416: Seminar in Electronic Music
  • MUSICOL 121: Introduction to the Art of Music
  • MUSICOL 122: Introduction to World Music
  • MUSICOL 123: Introduction to Popular Music
  • MUSICOL 130: Opera!
  • MUSICOL 343: Music and Islam
  • MUSICOL 345: History of Music – Middle Ages to Baroque
  • MUSICOL 346: History of Music – Baroque to Modern Era
  • PAT 200: Introduction to Electronic Music
  • PAT 204: Creative Coding for Music
  • PAT 305 / MUSPERF 300: Video Game Music
  • PAT 313: The Art of Electronic Music
  • PAT 314: Electronic Music & Social Justice
  • PAT 472 / ARTSADMN 472: Business of Music
  • THEORY 137: Introduction to the Theory of Music
  • THEORY 238: Introduction to Musical Analysis

performance courses may include private instruction*, applied GUITAR, PIANO or VOICE, or ENS**:

  • BASSOON 150
  • CARILLON 150
  • CELLO 150
  • CLARINET 150
  • DBLBASS 150
  • ENS 344: Campus Philharmonia & Symphony Orchestra
  • ENS 346: University & Campus Bands
  • ENS 348: Marching Band, Basketball & Hockey Bands
  • ENS 351: Arts Chorale
  • ENS 363: Men’s Glee Club
  • ENS 356: Women’s Glee Club
  • ENS 360: Campus Jazz Ensemble
  • ENS 405, 406: Beginning Javanese Gamelan
  • ENS 407: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
  • EUPHBARI 150
  • FLUTE 150
  • FRENHORN 150
  • GUITAR 111 (class guitar)
  • GUITAR 112 (class guitar)
  • HARP 150
  • HARPSCH 150
  • JAZZ 150
  • OBOE 150
  • ORGAN 150
  • PERCUSS 150
  • PIANO 110.001 (class piano)
  • PIANO 150
  • SAX 150
  • TROMBONE 150
  • TRUM 150
  • TUBA 150
  • VIOLA 150
  • VIOLIN 150
  • VOICE 111 (class voice)
  • VOICE 150

*Private lesson availability is limited, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance does not guarantee placement.  Priority is given to School of Music performance majors.  Additionally, private lessons on some instruments may not be available in a given term.  Please see the Application for Private Instruction page on the SMTD website for more details.

**Placement in Ensemble courses may require an audition.  Please see the Performance Opportunities page on the SMTD website for more details.

Constraints

AP credits may not be used to satisfy requirements of the minor with one exception. AP Credit in THEORY may qualify, if approved by the LSA Music Advisor, for the introductory course in MUSICOL or THEORY. In this instance, a minimum of 5 other courses, totaling 15 credits, must be elected for the minor.

Any course elected to fulfill the required introductory course in MUSICOL or THEORY cannot also be applied toward satisfying the Electives requirement.

With approval by the LSA Music Advisor, a maximum of two non-SMTD music courses may be used to satisfy appropriate requirements for the LSA Music Minor.*

*Music courses offered by non-SMTD units:

  • AAS / RCHUMS / WOMENSTD / HONORS 354: Race and Identity in Music
  • AAS 366: Music of Africa
  • AMCULT 209: History of American Popular Music
  • AMCULT / HISTORY / LATINOAM 226: The Latin Tinge
  • AMCULT 228: American Musical Soundscapes
  • AMCULT 337: A Survey of American Blues Music
  • AMCULT 407: The History of American Folk Music: Culture, Politics, Music\
  • AMCULT 409; American Roots Music
  • AMCULT / WOMENSTD 411: Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
  • COMM 455: Music and Mediated Identities
  • PSYCH 211: Project Outreach, section titled “mind, Music, and the Community”
  • PHYSICS 288: The Physics of Music
  • RCHUMS 249: Foundations of Music
  • RCHUMS 250: Chamber Music
  • RCHUMS 251: Topics in Music
  • RCHUMS 252: Topics in Musical Expression
  • RCHUMS 253: Choral Ensemble: Residential College Singers
  • RCHUMS 256: Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
  • RCHUMS 258: Afro-Cuban Drumming and Styles
  • RCHUMS 259: Music Improvisation
  • RCHUMS 350: Creative Musicianship
  • RCHUMS 351: Creative Musicianship Lab
  • RCHUMS 352: Found Instruments: Building, Design, and Performance
  • RCHUMS 356: The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • RCHUMS / ENS 406: Beginning Javanese Gamelan
  • RCHUMS / ENS 407: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
  • SOC 255: The Sociology of Music

Other Department Policies

Additional music courses offered by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are available and with approval by the LSA Music Advisor, may be used to satisfy appropriate requirements of the LSA Music Minor.  Enrollment in these courses may be restricted to SMTD students.  Interested students should contact the instructors of these courses for permission to enroll.

Additional SMTD music courses open on non-SMTD students:

  • ARTSADMN 406: Special Topics
  • ARTSADMN 410: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum
  • ARTSADMN 422: Writing About Your Art
  • ARTSADMN 423: Grants & Fundraising
  • ARTSADMN 426: Arts Fundraising
  • ARTSADMN 428: Arts Leadership
  • ARTSADMN 432: Recording Industry
  • ARTSADMN 477: Social Value Arts
  • JAZZ 450: Contemplative Practices Seminar
  • JAZZ 454.002: Special Topics
  • JAZZ 455: Creativity and Consciousness
  • MUSED 210: Special Topics
  • MUSICOL 343: Music and Islam
  • MUSPERF 200: Engaging Performance

Residency

Upon approval of the LSA Music Advisor, up to six credits earned outside of the University of Michigan or its sponsored programs may be used to fulfill requirements for the minor.

To declare a minor, please make an appointment with the LSA Music Advisor by contacting the Newnan Advising Center at 734-764-0332. You may also contact the LSA Music Advisor directly at tericks@umich.edu.

For more information, please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.