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Music Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
The music curriculum is designed to develop not only musical and performance skills, but also to investigate the manny ways that music can help us understand human culture and history. This curriculum meshes the liberal arts model of breadth of knowledge with applied lessons, ensembles, and theory/history of music. Program Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Musicianship: Students will demonstrate proficiency in aural and keyboard musicianship. 2. Performance: In their area of specialization students will study and perform a wide range of music literature, communicating character and style and engaging with the listener in an assured manner. 3. Music in a Historic and Cultural Context: Students will develop the ability to discuss music critically, examine the role of music in culture, and consider the various ways people understand meaningful expression in music. 4. Music Theory: Students will demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing scales, chords, and rhythms, show an understanding of contrapuntal techniques and formal structures, and analyze pieces using appropriate analytical techniques.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
Concert Attendance
Four successful completions of MUS 0100
MUS 100 - Concert Attendance (0.0 cr)
Individual Performance Studies
Applied Music Area
4 cr from MUS 12xx, all must be from the same instrument.
Piano Proficiency
4 cr in MUS 1200 or Mus 1111-1112 and Mus 2111-2112 or 2 cr of music ensembles unless it is the main applied instrument area. If so, requirements differ, see Music faculty or discipline website.
Foundational Courses
MUS 1151 - Foundations of Music Theory I: Rhythm and Pitch [M/SR] (2.0 cr)
MUS 1152 - Foundations of Music Theory II: Line [FA] (2.0 cr)
MUS 1153 - Foundations of Musicianship I (1.0 cr)
MUS 1154 - Foundations of Musicianship II (1.0 cr)
MUS 1155 - Foundations in Music History I: Ancient to 1750 [HIST] (2.0 cr)
MUS 1156 - Foundations in Music History II: 1750 to Contemporary [FA] (2.0 cr)
MUS 2151 - Intermediate Music Theory: Form (2.0 cr)
MUS 2152 - Intermediate Music Theory: Harmony (2.0 cr)
Elective Courses
2 cr from Mus 2401-6 or upper-division electives
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 2401 - Piano from Bach to Jazz [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2402 - Art Song Repertoire [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2403 - Survey of Choral Literature [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2404 - The Orchestra and its Literature from the 1700s through Today [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2405 - Survey of Instrumental Wind Literature [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2406 - Jazz Style and Repertoire [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3xxx
· MUS 4xxx
 
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MUS 100 - Concert Attendance
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
To be taken by all music majors and minors; involves attending a set number of music performance offerings during the semester, as a participant, audience member, and usher or stage manager. prereq: major or minor
MUS 1151 - Foundations of Music Theory I: Rhythm and Pitch (M/SR)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Notation; rhythm reading and identification; scales, modes, keys, and basic chords; simple, compound, and complex meters. prereq: coreq 1153, 1155, concurrent enrollment in piano classes/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for maj/min
MUS 1152 - Foundations of Music Theory II: Line (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of melody and line; one-, two-, and four-part writing and counterpoint; phrase structure; interaction of line with harmony; analysis and identification. prereq: 1151, coreq 1154, 1156, concurrent enrollment in piano classes/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for maj/min
MUS 1153 - Foundations of Musicianship I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to sight-singing, rhythmic and pitch dictation and transcription, and aural error detection. prereq: coreq 1151, 1155
MUS 1154 - Foundations of Musicianship II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sight-singing of melodies; melodic dictation and transcription; aural error detection. prereq: 1153, coreq 1152, 1156, concurrent enrollment in piano classes/lessons until piano proficiency is passed for maj/min
MUS 1155 - Foundations in Music History I: Ancient to 1750 (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A chronological survey of Western musical development from the earliest notated examples to the end of the Baroque period. Emphasis is placed on specific works and composers as examples of larger musical and cultural trends. This is the first of two courses intended to provide a historical framework for further musical study. prererq: coreq 1151, 1153
MUS 1156 - Foundations in Music History II: 1750 to Contemporary (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A chronological survey of Western musical development from the Classical period through the current day. Emphasis is placed on specific works and composers as examples of larger musical and cultural trends. This is the second of two courses intended to provide a historical framework for further musical study. prereq: 1155, coreq 1152, 1154
MUS 2151 - Intermediate Music Theory: Form
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Periodicity; analysis and score study of pieces in binary, rounded binary, ternary, variation, sonata, rondo, and sonata-rondo forms. prereq: 1152, music major or minor or instr consent
MUS 2152 - Intermediate Music Theory: Harmony
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Further exploration of triads, seventh chords, and harmonic function; secondary-function chords; modal mixture; modulation; Neapolitan and augmented-6th chords; upper extensions; altered dominants and chromatic mediants. prereq: 1152, music major or minor or instr consent
MUS 2401 - Piano from Bach to Jazz (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to numerous seminal works from the piano literature, to composers who have written for keyboard instruments over the past three hundred years, and to performers who have propelled this music into the public, placing all of these works and people into historical, cultural, artistic, aesthetic, and social contexts. This hybrid course utilizes online instruction to deliver technical content and class time to focus on listening, writing, and discussion activities in addition to lecture components. Some evening film screenings and evening/weekend concerts may be required.
MUS 2402 - Art Song Repertoire (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A survey of song repertoire from the 17th century to the present, including songs from the German, French, Italian, American, and Spanish traditions. The fusion of music and poetry are studied as well as interpretation and signature musical characteristics.
MUS 2403 - Survey of Choral Literature (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A broad survey of choral repertoire from Gregorian chant to present-day compositions. Students develop a comprehensive knowledge of composers and literature discussed in the course through in-depth listening and analysis.
MUS 2404 - The Orchestra and its Literature from the 1700s through Today (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A study of the orchestra as a cultural institution. Examine important and influential repertoire, with an emphasis on the symphony, as well as examples of ensembles to understand the role of the orchestra in Western culture.
MUS 2405 - Survey of Instrumental Wind Literature (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
A survey of standard and educational wind ensemble and wind chamber music literature from all historical periods and styles. Students develop a comprehensive knowledge of the composers and literature discussed in the course through detailed listening, score study, discussion, and evaluation.
MUS 2406 - Jazz Style and Repertoire (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This course addresses the stylistic component of jazz performance through study and analysis of seminal recordings throughout all eras of jazz history.