Music Minor Curriculum

The music minor consists of 16 course credits, usually distributed across four classes of four credits each.

  • Elements of Music*
  • One course in Music History (Western Art Music)
  • One course in Ethnomusicology
  • The fourth course may be chosen from Music Theory, Music History or Ethnomusicology
  • Alternatively, up to four ensemble or performance credits may be applied toward the minor as your fourth course

*Note: If you can already read music, know the basic rudiments such as scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction principles, meter signatures, and basic rhythmic notation, you can take Harmony and Counterpoint I, a more advanced class. This class is offered every semester and requires a permission code in order to register. To get a permission code for this course, please e-mail Pauline Lum ( to request one.

Placing out of Harmony & Counterpoint I

In order to place out of Harmony and Counterpoint I, you must take a placement exam. This exam can be scheduled by contacting the Department Administrator, Lawren Young at The one and a half hour exam will be taken in the department and students will not have access to a piano during the exam. Exam results will be available one week after completing the exam.