You love music, you really would like to continue studying, but have you decided on another career path? Have we got a minor for you! We've put together on this page everything you might need to know to be a music minor. Read on!
Which way to go?
The Music Dept. offers three minors in Music depending on your interests:
- Music Composition - intended for people who wish to write music
- Music History- intended for people who are interested in the history and development of music
- Music Performance - intended for people who would like to pursue musical performance or further their study of an instrument or voice
Your choice of minor will influence what classes you would choose from the Music Department.
What classes will I take?
Please see the UTC Course Catalogs on the University Registrar site for more details:
- Music Composition - 29 hours
- Music History - 25 hours
- Music Performance - 22 hours
Are there any qualifications I need to do a music minor?
Yes, there are. You must be able to pass the Music Theory Diagnostic Test, or complete MUS 1060 before you will be allowed to schedule MUS 1070. ALSO, if you plan on taking private lessons in voice, piano, or any other instrument, you will need to perform an audition. HOWEVER - if you are choosing the Music History or Composition minor, it is possible to use class piano as your applied instrument. This class does not require an audition.
So what is this Theory Diagnostic Test?
All entering music majors and minors must pass a Theory Diagnostic Test. This is a test of basic musical knowledge. It covers these items:
- Identification of things found on a piece of music (i.e., staff, clef, note, rest, measure, barlines, repeat bars, meter signatures, etc.)
- Name notes written in treble AND bass clef
- Identify key signature
- Identify a scale by sight and sound
- Identify major versus minor by sight and sound
- Identify the distance between two notes by sight and sound
- Identify rhythm notation
- Read rhythm notation
- Label basic triads (chords)
- Define some basic terminology
If you have been involved in choir, band, or orchestra in your high school for the last three or four years or if you've had at least a couple of years of piano lessons, you probably will have no trouble with this exam. If you would like a review for this exam, we recommend you visit musictheory.net.