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Twin Cities Campus

Music Minor

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of School of Music, 100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th St S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5093; fax: 612-624-8001)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Doctoral students interested in the theory and history of music are invited to pursue the Music minor.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Music director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Coursework (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Music director of graduate studies. One 5xxx-level MUS course or one MUSA 83xx course may be applied to this requirement with prior approval of the director of graduate studies.
MUS 8501 - Music Theory Pedagogy (3.0 cr)
MUS 8550 - Composition (3.0 cr)
MUS 8560 - Theory and Analysis of Popular Music (3.0 cr)
MUS 8570 - Seminar in Composition (2.0 cr)
MUS 8571 - Composers' Laboratory (3.0 cr)
MUS 8580 - Topics in Tonal Analysis (3.0 cr)
MUS 8581 - Schenkerian Theory and Analysis I (3.0 cr)
MUS 8582 - Schenkerian Theory and Analysis II (3.0 cr)
MUS 8584 - Current Issues in the Analysis of 19th-Century Music (3.0 cr)
MUS 8585 - Chromatic Harmony Seminar (3.0 cr)
MUS 8590 - Topics in 20th-Century Analysis (3.0 cr)
MUS 8631 - Seminar: Music in Medieval Europe (3.0 cr)
MUS 8632 - Seminar: Music in Early Modern Europe (3.0 cr)
MUS 8640 - Seminar in Musicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology (3.0 cr)
MUS 8647 - Seminar: The Critical Editing of Early Music--Method and Practice (3.0 cr)
MUS 8651 - Sonata Theory (3.0 cr)
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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MUS 8501 - Music Theory Pedagogy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparison of pedagogical philosophies/methods in music theory. Pedagogical literature, practice teaching, curriculum design. prereq: Grad student in music or instr consent
MUS 8550 - Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creation of original musical works in various instrumental and vocal forms; advanced development of writing and realization of musical ideas. prereq: instr consent
MUS 8560 - Theory and Analysis of Popular Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will examine popular and rock music from the 1960?s to the present, focusing specifically on analysis and theory of primary musical domains of form, harmony and melody, rhythm, and timbre. Students will hone transcription skills, as well as thoughtfully address cultural background surrounding the compositions and issues of canon formation. Students will demonstrate their fluency in analytical skills and theoretical content through weekly readings and discussions, analytical assignments, and a final research project.
MUS 8570 - Seminar in Composition
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Aesthetic and professional issues in composition. Survey of professional activities, including r[e]sum[e] and grant writing and concert production. prereq: Composition emphasis or instr consent
MUS 8571 - Composers' Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Preparing original music composition to specification for possible radio/TV/theatre/film use. Analytic projects based on research into current practice of music criticism/music journalism. Philosophical and sociological research into creative process. prereq: 8570
MUS 8580 - Topics in Tonal Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar. Sample topics: string quartets of Beethoven, chamber music of Brahms, significant works by tonal composers. prereq: instr consent
MUS 8581 - Schenkerian Theory and Analysis I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Analysis and critical readings pertaining to theory of tonal music developed by Heinrich Schenker. Application of his method to representative repertoire from 18th and 19th centuries. Contrapuntal writing modeled after presentation in Schenker's [Counterpoint]. prereq: instr consent
MUS 8582 - Schenkerian Theory and Analysis II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Application of Schenkerian theory to 18th-/19th-century music, coordinated with critical study of major music treatises from that era. prereq: 8581 or instr consent
MUS 8584 - Current Issues in the Analysis of 19th-Century Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Recent analytic approaches to 19th-century music. Students demonstrate fluency with methods and current issues. In-class discussions, short written analytical projects, two longer papers. prereq: [[3502, 3512] or equiv placement exam], instr consent; grad-level Schenkerian analysis recommended
MUS 8585 - Chromatic Harmony Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Careful study of chromatic harmonic practices (especially from the latter half of the nineteenth century) from both analytical and compositional perspectives. Students will analyze a wide range of music excerpts and movements using tools derived from Heinrich Schenker's analytical practice and will creatively harmonize sophisticated tonal melodies. The course also will incorporate readings from the analytical literature (both Schenkerian and non-Schenkerian) and will conclude with a substantial course paper.
MUS 8590 - Topics in 20th-Century Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar explores literatures of 20th-century art music.
MUS 8631 - Seminar: Music in Medieval Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Selected genres of polyphonic and monophonic music, 9th-14th centuries, for analysis and cultural criticism. Social roles of music and performance traditions; current musicological issues. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8632 - Seminar: Music in Early Modern Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Transformation of chanson, madrigal, mass, and motet from 1400 to 1580. Analysis and cultural criticism; social roles of music and performance traditions; current musicological issues. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8640 - Seminar in Musicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary; readings, research, strategies, and methods. prereq: Musicology or theory emphasis or instr consent
MUS 8644 - Seminar: Advanced Research in Historical Musicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Major reference and research materials in musicology and related disciplines, including databases. Historical methods and historiography. Locating and interpreting primary sources of music and archival documents. Developing research strategies for degree papers and theses. Forms of documentation and historical writing. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8647 - Seminar: The Critical Editing of Early Music--Method and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Preparation of critical editions from primary sources of vocal and instrumental music (partbooks and tablatures). Nature of musical sources, both manuscripts and prints. Stemmatic filiation, editorial judgment and method, presentation of text. prereq: Undergrad music degree
MUS 8651 - Sonata Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of the classic sonata: norms, types, and deformations. Structural analysis, analytical methodologies, and fundamentals of sonata hermeneutics. prereq: instr consent
MUS 8864 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethnomusicological methods, theorizing, and research practice. Current issues in monographs, journals, and anthologies. Fieldwork practicum. prereq: instr consent