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Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

» Music Minors

Harp student plays in the Wind SymphonyThe William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music offers three minors in music: Minor in Film Music, Minor in General Music, and the Minor in Music Technology.

The following policies are the same for all music majors and minors (see Undergraduate Catalog, Conservatory of Music, General Information for all Music Programs, for details):

  • Transfer requirement
  • Music theory proficiency requirements (General Music and Film Music Minors only)
  • 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 add a music minor!

+ - Minor in Film Music

The Film Music Minor 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 BM in Composition (either concert music or electroacoustic music emphasis) or a BM in Performance with conducting emphasis are not eligible for this minor.

Admissions process:  Contact conservatory chair to determine if it is possible to complete the minor in time to graduate.  If it is, you will be placed on the pre-minor list. After being placed on this list, you will be eligible to:

  • Take the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam during Orientation week in August.
  • Submit the form declaring your music minor.

For the Film Music minor, a minimum of 12 credits must be upper–division.   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 1 credit each, at the same time as MUS 133 and MUS 134.

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 324 Audio Recording Techniques

3

MUS 344 Advanced Principles of Music Technology

3

MUS 346 Introduction to MAX MSP

3

MUS 347 Post-production Editing and Processing

3

MUS 348 Introduction to Music Synthesis

3

FP 359 Pro Tools Certification

3

FP 382 Music Composition for Film Majors

3

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

3

MUS 493B Directed Research in Film Music

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

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

For the General Music Minor, a minimum of nine credits must be upper–division.

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 Music Technology Minor 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 BM in Composition are not eligible for this minor.  Students earning a BA in Music, a BM in Performance (all emphases), and a BM (pre-certification, Music Education) both emphases, are eligible for this minor but must substitute for MUS 128 and 230 with 6 credits of music technology courses that are not part of the major degree program.

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



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

General Requirements

Course

CR

MUS 128 Fundamentals of Music Theory

3

MUS 230 Music Composition & Songwriting

3

MUS 244 Principles of Music Technology

2

 

 

One of the following courses (2-3 credits)

 

Course

CR

MUS 249 Film Music Composition I

3

MUS 248 Audio/Video Archiving

3

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

3

MUS 347 Post-production Editing and Processing

3

MUS 348 Introduction to Music Synthesis

3

FP 359 Pro Tools Certification

3

MUS 493C Directed Research in Music Technology

1-3

 

Minor in Music Technology—TOTAL Credits - 22.0-23.0