The Music Minor
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For those non-majors across the University whose involvement with the Department of Music forms an essential aspect of their undergraduate career, the undergraduate minor in Music gives both formal recognition and structural coherence to their musical studies. The minor requires students to engage with musical theories, materials, and techniques, the study of music in history and culture, and performance. At the same time, it provides students with the flexibility to emphasize areas that interest him or her most. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. If a course is offered S/U, a grade of S is acceptable.
Admission to the minor must be declared no later than the second semester of the junior year; after the start of the seventh semester, admission is by petition only. Such students should attach a statement outlining their credentials and reasons for wishing to pursue a minor in Music.
All students must submit an exit statement to the advisor and the DUS articulating the intellectual interests that were developed by work done for the minor and how his or her program of musical studies reflects a coherent learning agenda.
Those enrolled in the Music minor are considered members of the Music department and are encouraged to participate in all program activities.
- Obtain a “Music Minor Application” from the Music Office, 101 Lincoln Hall, or by downloading a PDF version here.
Please submit the application to the music office by the end of the Junior year.
Based on your interests, select and obtain the agreement of a faculty member who is willing to serve as the minor advisor. Have your intended advisor sign the minor application form.
- Schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Alejandro Madrid. Bring the completed form to the appointment along with a copy of your current Cornell transcript. The informal transcript you regularly receive is acceptable.
Return the approved form to the Department of Music Main Office, 101 Lincoln Hall.
Students minoring in music are responsible for tracking and completing the required courses:
Music Theory (3-5 credits)
- At least one three to five credit course in the category of Music Theory.
Music History and Culture (3-4 credits)
- At least one three to four credit course in the category of Music in History and Culture or Courses for Majors and Qualified Non-Majors.
Performance (4 credits)
- At least four credits worth of courses in the category of Individual Instruction and/or Musical Organizations and Ensembles. Students may achieve the total of four credits in various ways:
- Four semesters of 1 credit ensembles and/or lessons
- Two semesters of 2 credit lessons
- A combination of 1 credit ensembles and/or 1 and 2 credit lessons
Electives (8 credits)
- Eight credits from any of the music sub-disciplines. At least three of these credits must come from a classroom (not performance) course.