Music Department

 

Welcome to the Music Minor . . .

The Music Minor is a 20-credit hour curriculum designed for undergraduate students who wish to engage in the study of music through one of four curricular Emphases:

 

• Composition

• History

• Liberal Arts

• Performance

 

 

 

Which Emphasis is for you?

The Composition Emphasis teaches the basics of art music composition and is intended for students interested in composing works that extend the tradition of classical art music. This Emphasis is not designed to teach popular music composition but rather contemporary art music involving either acoustic instruments and voices or electronic instruments and media. You will learn to organize highly abstract ideas in ways beneficial to a wide range of professional endeavors. Upon graduation, you will be able to compose short works for small ensembles and/or electronic media that demonstrate control of the medium and your own personal musical vocabulary.

 

The History Emphasis teaches the cultivation of music within the Western tradition. After completing this track, you will be able to explain the contextual foundations of music—from the structure of individual compositions to the social, cultural, and political forces that both affect and are affected by musical activity. This Emphasis allows for the flexibility to direct a course of learning that reflects your own academic interests. You will acquire lifelong skills in critical listening, musical literacy, and research that enable you to discuss and write about music using the aural, visual, and cognitive processes.

 

The Liberal Arts Emphasis provides the greatest latitude for you to follow your own musical interests. With courses as diverse as World Music, Jazz, America’s Music, and Music Drama, students will acquire a broad understanding of the music of their world from a number of approaches. Students who participate in performing ensembles may also apply these credits towards this minor. If you want music—both in the classroom and on the concert stage—to be part of your educational career, and if you want to follow your interests instead of prearranged tracks, then this Emphasis is for you.

 

The Performance Emphasis is for students who desire individualized instruction by professional artists dedicated to training emerging solo and ensemble musicians. After completing the Minor, your level of artistry and musicianship is roughly equal to the first two years of traditional music study. In addition to performing on and off campus, you will form personal connections with our faculty and other students. We provide a genuine sense of community that other programs often lack. Your graduation recital doesn't simply represent a culmination of study; it prepares you for a lifelong exploration of music by developing your capacity for further musical training and self-instruction.

 

 

 

What is the Admissions Process?

You can easily apply for the Music Minor online via the Music Minor Application or in person at the Music Department Office, 203 Price Music Center. Afterward, the Music Minor Advisor, Dr. John Fuller, will contact you to discuss your goals, a plan of study, and the expectations of the Music Department.

 

 

 

What are the Requirements for the Music Minor?

Each Emphasis of the Music Minor has its own requirements, found at oucc.ncsu.edu/minors/music. Every student must take four core courses in music theory, aural skills, class piano, and Western music history. The remaining elective courses are unique to your area of specialization.

 

Core Music Courses required for all Emphases (8 required credit hours):

MUS 103: Music Theory I (3 cr) (Registering for Music Theory and Aural Skills Courses)

MUS 104: Aural Skills I (1 cr)

MUS 107: Class Piano I (1 cr)

MUS 202: Introduction to Music Literature II (3 cr)

 

 

Composition Emphasis Courses (12 additional credit hours):

MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)

MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1 cr)

MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)

Either MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr) or MUS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)

MUS 498: Independent Study in Music (2 cr) (1 additional free elective cr if the composition is performed)

 

 

History Emphasis Courses (12 additional credit hours):

MUS 201: Introduction to Music Literature I (3 cr)

MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)

MUS 204: Aural Skills II (optional) (1 free elective cr)

 

Electives: Choose 2 electives from the following:

MUS 200: Understanding Music: Global Perspectives (3 cr)

MUS 206: America's Music (3 cr)

MUS 230: Introduction to African-American Music (3 cr)

MUS 260: History of Jazz (3 cr)

MUS 310: Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3 cr)

MUS 315: Music of the 19th Century (3 cr)

MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)

MUS 330: Music Drama (3 cr)

MUS 350: Music of Asia (3 cr)

MUS 360: Women in Music (3 cr)

 

 

Liberal Arts Emphasis Courses (12 additional credit hours):

MUS 200: Understanding Music: Global Perspectives (3 cr)

 

Electives: Choose 9 credit hours of electives from the following; two courses must be 3 credit hours each:

MUS XXX: Ensemble (up to 3 semesters at 1 cr each semester) (1-3 cr)

MUS 150: Vocal Techniques (1 cr)

MUS 201: Introduction to Music Literature I (3 cr)

MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)

MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1 cr)

MUS 205: Introduction to Music in Western Society (3 cr)

MUS 206: America's Music (3 cr)

MUS 207: Class Piano II (1 cr)

MUS 230: Introduction to African-American Music (3 cr)

MUS 260: History of Jazz (3 cr)

MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr)

MUS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)

MUS 310: Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3 cr)

MUS 315: Music of the 19th Century (3 cr)

MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)

MUS 330: Music Drama (3 cr)

MUS 350: Music of Asia (3 cr)

MUS 360: Women in Music (3 cr)

 

 

Performance Emphasis Courses (12 additional credit hours):

MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)

MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1 cr)

MUS 390: Applied Music (4 semesters at 1 cr each semester) (4 cr)

MUS XXX: Ensemble (4 semesters required [4 cr], with 2 cr applied toward the minor)(2 cr)

MUS 493: Recital (2 cr)

 

 

 

Contact information:

Dr. John A. Fuller

Music Minor Advisor

919.515.8284 or 919.515.1692

john_fuller@ncsu.edu