Music Minor

How To Declare

A music minor is a great option for a student who is passionate about music but who chooses to major in another field. Our program aims to broaden, as well as deepen, students' understanding of the art of music and offers a good deal of flexibility.

  1. Undergraduate students who wish to wish to add the Music Minor should use the Change of Major, Minor, or Concentration form available on the MyCompass forms website.
  2. The form will be routed electronically to the appropriate department for approval and then to Registrar’s for processing. Once a form is submitted online a student can view the status of their electronic form submission by selecting the “Submitted Forms” tab on the MyCompass forms website.

Make sure you contact the Department of Music before you start the process of declaring the Music Minor.

The Music Minor consists of 21 units, split into three categories: fundamentals (6 units), performance skills (3 units), and music electives (12 units).

Music Fundamentals (6 units)

The sequence covers basic fundamentals of music reading, writing and singing, along with knowledge of chord construction and basic music progressions.

Note: students with basic knowledge of music will be able to substitute these units for other pre-approved lower-division music units after a successful assessment from the Music Department.

Performance Skills (3 units)

Placement determined by the Music Department based on the student’s skills and needs. Students are able to substitute no more than 1 applied unit (private lessons on a instrument or voice) with permission from the department.

Note: students are able to substitute at most 2 performance skills units with units taken in a major performing ensemble and/or chamber ensemble.

Music Electives (12 units)

Take 12 units of music electives in consultation with departmental advisor. At least 3 units of which must be in a performance ensemble.

Note: students are able to substitute at most 2 elective units with applied units (private lessons on a instrument,voice or composition/music production) with permission from the department. Note that all students taking applied lessons are required to be registered for at least 5 music units, 1 of which needs to be a major performing ensemble.