Music (24MUM)

Description

The Music Minor is a 20-credit hour curriculum designed for undergraduate students who wish to engage in the study of music through one of four curricular emphases: (1) Performance, (2) Composition, (3) History, and (4) Liberal Arts. Students take four required courses (8 credit hours) in music theory, aural skills, class piano, and Western music history, and an additional 12 credit hours of required courses and electives in their area of specialization.


General Requirements for the Music Minor

  • A total of 20 hours is required for the Music Minor.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be applied to the Music Minor, as approved by the Music Minor Advisor and Director of Music.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in each course used toward the minor.
  • No course for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
  • For students majoring in Arts Studies-Music, a maximum of one 3-credit course may be used (double-counted) toward both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • Certain courses allow for a placement test or audition; students who test out of a course must make up those credits by taking another approved MUS course.
  • Formal admission to the Music Minor is granted upon the completion and processing of a Minor Declaration form:http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/forms/pdf/minor.pdf

Required Courses

For all Emphases (8 required credit hours):

  • MUS 103: Music Theory I (3 cr)
  • MUS 104: Aural Skills I (1cr)
  • MUS 107: Class Piano I (1cr), required for students in the Liberal Arts, Composition, and History Emphases
  • MUS 202: Introduction to Music Literature II (3 cr)
  • MUS 207: Class Piano II (1 cr), required for students in the Performance Emphasis. Performance students who test out must take MUS 204.

Performance Emphasis (12 additional credit hours):

  • MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1cr), required only for performance minors who have tested out of MUS 207.
  • MUS 390: Applied Music (4 semesters at 1 cr each semester) (4 cr)
  • MUS  XXX: One 3-hour advised elective (3 cr)
  • MUS 493: Recital (1 cr)
  • MUS XXX: Ensemble (4 semesters at 1 cr each semester) (4 cr). Piano minors fulfill this requirement by taking 2 semesters of ensembles (2 cr) and MUS 208 (Piano Pedagogy) (2 cr).

Composition Emphasis (12 additional credit hours):

  • MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)
  • MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1cr)
  • MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)
  • Either MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr) or MUS/ARS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)
  • MUS 498: Independent Study in Music (2 cr) (1 additional free elective cr if the composition is performed)

History Emphasis (12 additional credit hours):

  • MUS 201: Introduction to Music Literature I (3 cr)
  • MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)
  • MUS 204: Aural Skills II (optional) (1free elective cr)

Electives: Choose 2 electives from the following list:

  • MUS 200: Understanding Music: Global Perspectives (3 cr)
  • MUS 206: America’s Music (3 cr)
  • MUS 230: Introduction to African-American Music (3 cr)
  • MUS 260: History of Jazz (3 cr)
  • MUS 310: Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3 cr)
  • MUS 315: Music of the 19th Century (3 cr)
  • MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)
  • MUS 330: Music Drama (3 cr)
  • MUS 350: Music of Asia (3 cr)
  • MUS/WGS 360: Women in Music (3 cr)

Liberal Arts Emphasis (12 additional credit hours):

  • MUS 200: Understanding Music: Global Perspectives (3 cr)

Electives: Choose 9 credit hours of electives from the following list; two courses must be 3 credit hours each:

MUS  XXX: Ensemble (up to 3 semesters at 1cr each semester) (1-3 cr)

  • MUS 150: Vocal Techniques (1cr)
  • MUS 201: Introduction to Music Literature I (3 cr)
  • MUS 203: Music Theory II (3 cr)
  • MUS 204: Aural Skills II (1cr)
  • MUS 205: Introduction to Music in Western Society (3 cr)
  • MUS 206: America’s Music (3 cr)
  • MUS 207: Class Piano II (1cr)
  • MUS/AFS 230: Introduction to African-American Music (3 cr)
  • MUS/AFS 260: History of Jazz (3 cr)
  • MUS 305: Music Composition (3 cr)
  • MUS/ARS 306: Music Composition with Computers (3 cr)
  • MUS 310: Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3 cr)
  • MUS 315: Music of the 19th Century (3 cr)
  • MUS 320: Music of the 20th Century (3 cr)
  • MUS 330: Music Drama (3 cr)
  • MUS 350: Music of Asia (3 cr)
  • MUS/WGS 360: Women in Music (3 cr)

Admissions

For all students:

  • Students may apply for the Music Minor electronically via the Music Minor Application Form or in person at the Music Department Office, 203 Price Music Center.
  • As part of the admissions process, each student is required to schedule an appointment with the Music Minor Advisor, Dr. John Fuller, to discuss a plan of study and the expectations established for the Music Minor. Dr. Fuller will arrange an opportunity for students to meet their Emphasis Advisor and the Applied Instructor, if necessary.
  • Formal admission to the Music Minor is granted upon the completion and processing of a Minor Declaration form:http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/forms/pdf/minor.pdf

Performance Emphasis Requirements:

  • To be admitted into the Performance Emphasis, students must pass a Performance Emphasis audition, which they should schedule through the Music Minor Advisor. If the student does not meet the criteria for the Performance Emphasis, the Music Minor Advisor will recommend other possibilities available in the Music Minor program.
  • During each registration period, students must schedule an appointment with the Music Minor Advisor to have their plan of study reviewed.  This should take place before students meet with their Academic Advisor and enroll for the following semester’s courses.
  • At the end of each semester, students must participate in a Performance Jury as a measure of their progress in the Performance Emphasis.
  • Students preparing to enter their second semester of MUS 390 must first pass the Rudiments Placement Test or enroll concurrently in MUS 120.
  • Students who have not taken any of MUS 103, MUS 104, or MUS 202 by the end of their second semester of MUS 390 must enroll concurrently in one of these courses during their third semester of MUS 390.
  • At the end of their fourth semester of MUS 390, students will present a Pre-recital Jury to assure sufficient progress toward the recital.  At this time, recital requirements should be approved by the student’s Applied Instructor and the Music Minor Advisor. The Music Minor Advisor will then enroll the student in MUS 493.
  • Students must complete a Recital Jury approximately six weeks before their scheduled graduation recital.

Composition Emphasis Requirement:

  • Students must enroll in MUS 498: Independent Study in Music during the registration period preceding the final semester of the minor. At this time, the goals and timeline for completing the composition project should be approved by the student’s Emphasis Advisor and the Music Minor Advisor.

Certification

The Music Department Director will certify the Music Minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.  Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than the registration period prior to the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person/Music Minor Advisor

Dr. John A. Fuller
204 Price Music Center
2410 Broughton Hall
919.515.8284
919.515.1692
john_fuller@ncsu.edu

SIS Code:  24MUM

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