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Harp student plays in the Wind SymphonyThe William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music is proud to offer three (3) minors in music: Minor in Film Music, Minor in General Music, and the Minor in Music Technology.

The following policies are the same for music minors as required for music majors.

  • Transfer requirement
  • Music theory proficiency requirements
  • Sight singing proficiency requirement (General Music Minor only)
  • Minimum grade requirements
  • Course re–take policy

Adding music to your undergraduate career is a wonderful way to enrich your education, and we encourage you to adding a music minor!

+ - Minor in Film Music

The Minor in Film Music is designed to give students an understanding of how music works in film–what music does and how it does it–as well as the basics of music theory and how to relate music to picture. Students may choose courses that create a technical track, focusing on composing music for film and the technology needed for film composition or courses that create a film music studies track, focusing on the history and aesthetics of film music. Students earning a B.M. degree or a B.A. in Music are not eligible for this minor.

Admittance to the Minor in Film Music is by interview. Current students who wish to add or change a music minor will require conservatory chair approval.

If a student chooses the Film Music Composition track, it is highly recommended that the student take MUS 135 and MUS 136, Aural Skills I and Aural Skills II, for one credit each, at the same time as MUS 133 and MUS 134.

Admission Requirements and Music Minor Policies

Students wishing to minor in Film Music or in Music Technology must complete an interview with Dr. Amy Graziano, who will approve admission to these two minor programs.  Students must take the music theory diagnostic exam.  If the student does not pass the exam, student must take MUS 098 Rudiments of Music prior to taking MUS 133 Music Theory I.

For all three Minors, the following policies apply:

  • Signature of Conservatory Chair is required to declare a minor in Film Music or in Music Technology.
  • Music Theory Proficiency Requirement (see above)
  • Minimum Grade Requirement for Minors – A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all required courses in music theory, music history, music cultures, music technology for all minor programs in music.  All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Course Re-Take Policy for Minors — Regarding minimum grades for required courses in music theory, history, cultures, technology: If a student achieves less than a "C,” the class must be re–taken. A student may re–take a class twice. Approval of the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music Chair is required for a student to take a core class for a third time. If a student still does not achieve at least a "C" after taking a class three times, the student must reapply and re–audition to the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music.

General Requirements

Course

CR

MUS 133 Theory I

2

MUS 134 Theory II

2

MUS 239 Film Music

3

MUS 244 Principles of Music Technology

3

 

 

One of the following courses (3 credits)

 

Course

CR

FTV 140/140L Introduction to Film Aesthetics/and Lab

3

MUS 249 Film Music Composition I

3

 

 

Twelve (12) credits from the following courses

 

Course

CR

MUS 344 Advanced Principles of Music Technology

3

FP 382 Music Composition for Film Majors

3

MUS 439 Topics in Film Music (may be repeated for credit)

3

MUS 493 Private Instruction: Directed Research and Writing (Film Music Studies)

1-3

MUS 497 Private Instruction: Music Composition lessons for non-composition majors

1-3

 

Minor in Film Music—TOTAL Credits - 24.0

+ - Minor in General Music

The Minor in General Music is designed to give students a background in music theory, music history and in music performance (both solo and ensemble settings). Students earning a B.M. degree or a B.A. in Music are not eligible for this minor.

Admittance to the Minor in General Music program is by audition. Current students who wish to add or change a music minor will require conservatory chair approval.

A minimum of nine credits must be selected from upper–division courses.

Admission Requirements and Music Minor Policies

Students wishing to minor in General Music, should follow these steps:

  1. Meet with Dr. Jessica Sternfeld, who will evaluate music background.
  2. Student must pass the music theory diagnostic exam in order to declare a music minor.
  3. Have an audition with Director of relevant music division.  Student must pass audition to declare a music minor.
  4. If a vocal student, the audition with Dr. Sherburn will include assessment for sight-singing background.
  5. If Dr. Sternfeld, or the music theory diagnostic exam, determines student has insufficient background for MUS 133 Music Theory I then student must take MUS 098 Rudiments of Music, prior to declaring a music minor.
  6. For vocal students, if Dr. Sherburn determines the student has insufficient background in sight-singing, then student must take MUS 097 Rudiments of Sight Singing, prior to declaring a music minor.  Student may need to take both MUS 097 (fall) and MUS 098 (spring) prior to declaring a music minor.
  7. If student passes audition, has sufficient music theory background or has completed MUS 098, and, if a vocal student, has sufficient sight-singing background or completed MUS 097, then student may declare a minor in General Music.

For all three Minors, the following policies apply:

  • Signature of Director of Student Affairs is required to declare a minor in General Music.
  • Music Theory Proficiency Requirement (see above)
  • Minimum Grade Requirement for Minors – A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all required courses in music theory, music history, music cultures, music technology for all minor programs in music.  All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Course Re-Take Policy for Minors — Regarding minimum grades for required courses in music theory, history, cultures, technology: If a student achieves less than a "C,” the class must be re–taken. A student may re–take a class twice. Approval of the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music Chair is required for a student to take a core class for a third time. If a student still does not achieve at least a "C" after taking a class three times, the student must reapply and re–audition to the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music.

General Requirements

Course

CR

MUS 102 Compendium of Western Music History

3

MUS 133 Theory I

2

MUS 134 Theory II

2

MUS 135 Aural Skills I

1

MUS 136 Aural Skills II

1

Individual instruction in instrument or voice (minimum of two [2] credits at 300 level or higher)

4

Large or small ensemble courses (minimum of one [1] credit at 300 level)

2

 

 

Two of the following courses (6 credits)

 

Course

CR

MUS 301 Music History and Literature I

3

MUS 302 Music History and Literature II

3

MUS 326 Musical Cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America

3

MUS 332A Musical Cultures of Africa/Middle East

3

MUS 332B Musical Cultures of Asia/Pacific

3

MUS 332C Musical Cultures of Americas

3

MUS 345 History of Musical Theater

3

MUS 461 Psychology of Music

3

Or any other 300/400 level course under Theoretical and Historical Courses for which prerequisites have been met.

 

 

Minor in General Music—TOTAL Credits - 21.0

+ - Minor in Music Technology

The Minor in Music Technology is designed to give students an exposure to a variety of technology related courses. These courses will deal with computers, software and equipment necessary in music technology environments. Students earning a B.M. degree or a B.A. in Music are not eligible for this minor.

Admittance to the Minor in Music Technology is by interview.  Current students who wish to add or change a music minor will require conservatory chair approval.

For the Minor in Music Technology, a minimum of 12 credits must be upper–division.

Admission Requirements and Music Minor Policies

Students wishing to minor in Film Music or in Music Technology must complete an interview with Dr. Amy Graziano, who will approve admission to these two minor programs.  Students must take the music theory diagnostic exam.  If the student does not pass the exam, student must take MUS 098 Rudiments of Music prior to taking MUS 133 Music Theory I.

For all three Minors, the following policies apply:

  • Signature of Conservatory Chair is required to declare a minor in Film Music or in Music Technology.
  • Music Theory Proficiency Requirement (see above)
  • Minimum Grade Requirement for Minors – A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all required courses in music theory, music history, music cultures, music technology for all minor programs in music.  All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Course Re-Take Policy for Minors — Regarding minimum grades for required courses in music theory, history, cultures, technology: If a student achieves less than a "C,” the class must be re–taken. A student may re–take a class twice. Approval of the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music Chair is required for a student to take a core class for a third time. If a student still does not achieve at least a "C" after taking a class three times, the student must reapply and re–audition to the Hall–Musco Conservatory of Music.

General Requirements

Course

CR

MUS 133 Theory I

2

MUS 134 Theory II

2

MUS 135 Aural Skills I

1

MUS 136 Aural Skills II

1

MUS 244 Principles of Music Technology

3

 

 

One of the following courses (2-3 credits)

 

Course

CR

MUS 249 Film Music Composition I

3

MUS 248 Audio/Video Archiving

2

MUS 260 Electroacoustic Music I

2

 

 

Twelve (12) credits from the following courses

 

Course

CR

MUS 324 Audio Recording Techniques

3

MUS 344 Advanced Principles of Music Technology

3

MUS 346 Introduction to MAX MSP

2

MUS 347 Post-production Editing and Processing

2

MUS 348 Introduction to Music Synthesis

3

FP 359 Pro Tools Certification

3

MUS 493 Private Instruction: Directed Research and Writing (Technology Topics)

1-3

 

Minor in Music Technology—TOTAL Credits - 22.0-23.0

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