The minor consists of 16 course credits, usually distributed across four classes of four credits each.
· One course in Music Theory
· One course in Music, History, and Cultures
· One course in Music, History, and Cultures OR Sonic Art
· The fourth course may be chosen from any area of study. 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 Music Theory I, a more advanced class than Elements of Music. This class is offered every semester.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: When do I declare a music major/minor?
Ideally, a major/minor is declared between the end of your sophomore year and beginning of your junior year. For the major, this means you should be making contact with the department and the DUS during your sophomore year to look at requirements and how the courses would fit into your schedule over your remaining years. Many students choose to take at least one music course during their freshman or sophomore year to get a feel for the department and its curriculum.
Q: Can I have two or more majors/minors?
Yes, you can.
If you intend to have two majors, you must decide on your "primary major" and let the department know so it can be entered into Albert correctly.
Q: How do I declare a music major/minor?
· Majors are declared through the Department of Music, by meeting with the DUS to discuss your proposed course plan, and by then informing the department administrator who will enter your major into our system.
· Minors should inform the department administrator, who will officially register you. Minors may register by email. Our department administrator is Natasha Martinez (212-998-8302) email: Natasha.Martinez@nyu.edu
Q: Can I place out of Theory I?
In order to place out of Theory I, you must take a diagnostic exam. This exam can be scheduled by contacting the department Administrator, Natasha Martinez (212-998-8302 or email@example.com). Placing out of Theory I allows you to begin theory with a higher level course, but does not reduce the overall numbers of points required for the major.
Q: Can I take graduate level courses in order to fulfill major/minor requirements?
A student will be permitted to enroll in a graduate level course in exceptional circumstances. The student must first obtain permission of the instructor of the course and then notify the DUS.
Q: If I am a transfer student, how many music major classes may taken outside of NYU? Minor classes?
At least half (20 credits) of the courses that count toward your major must be taken within the CAS Department of Music. For the minor, eight credits must be taken within CAS.
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS): Louis Karchin email: firstname.lastname@example.org