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Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Music Minors

» Music Minors

Expand your career opportunities and enhance your college experience by adding a music minor, regardless of whether you’re a music or non-music major. 

Chapman offers four minors in music:

  • Film Music
  • General Music
  • Music Business
  • Music Technology

A musical theatre minor is also available by audition for current music students and features classes in dance and theatre.

orchestra performing live with filmFilm Music

This minor gives you 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. You can 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.

The film music minor is not available to students in the the music BA program. 

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student performing cello for classGeneral Music

If you choose the General Music minor, you will develop a background in music theory, music history, and music performance (both solo and ensemble settings).

The general music minor is not available to students in the BM or music BA programs.

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white-haired man in black lecturing to classMusic Business

You'll gain an understanding of how the music industry works, including the areas of marketing and sales, publication, copyright and licensing, artist management, audio technology and music production, and music supervision if you choose the Music Business minor. You will also learn how to communicate and interact with people in various areas of the music industry. The program includes frequent lectures and workshops with national and global music-industry professionals, with particular focus on the Los Angeles area. [Pictured: Maestro Carl St.Clair of Pacific Symphony in a master class for music students.]

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Music Technology

The Music Technology minor exposes you to a variety of technology-related courses dealing with computers, software, and equipment used in music technology environments.

This minor is not available to students in the music BA program.

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Admission Process

Contact the conservatory chair, Dr. Amy Graziano (graziano@chapman.edu) for an interview to determine if it is possible to complete your chosen 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 submit the form to declare your minor.