The minor in music will provide you with an introduction to musical training, offering the basic skills necessary for understanding and appreciating music.


  • Courses focus on music history, music theory and ear training, and popular American and church music.
  • Includes four semesters of private instruction and two semesters of experience in a performing ensemble.

Career opportunities

The minor in music provides training that can be partnered with many majors and interests to prepare you for work in creative fields such as teaching, children's ministries, missions and advertising.

Course listing

General Education Or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)

MUS-101Elements of Musicianship*3
or MUS-103
Music Appreciation
Introduction to American Popular Music

* Prerequisite for MUS- 110L. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.

Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS-110L Music Theory and Aural Skills. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS-131 Piano Class or MUS-135 Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship.

Required Courses (15-16 Units)

MUS-110LMusic Theory and Aural Skills4
MUS-210LMusic Theory and Counterpoint4
MUS-349Music Research1
MUS-400Music in the Church3

Select one of the following

MUS-350Early Music History3
MUS-351Music History: 1725-19003
MUS-352Music History and World Music Since 19004

!Music history courses should be preceded by MUS 349 Music Research and MUS-110L Music Theory and Aural Skills.

Applied Music (private Instruction) (4 Units)

Four semesters of private instruction on the same instrument and successful completion of the level 1 exam.

Ensemble (8 Units)

Four semesters of participation in a performing ensemble. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

MUS-115/315Vocal Performance Workshop2
MUS-116/316Concert Choir2
MUS-123/323Symphonic Band2

Up to 50% of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

MUS-117/317San Joaquin Chorale2
MUS-118/318Vocal Ensemble (women's chorale, men’s chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)2
MUS-119/319Pacific Chamber Singers2
MUS-120/320Instrumental Ensemble (brass choir, hand bell choir or other approved instrumental ensemble)2
MUS-121/321Jazz Band2
MUS-125/325University String Quartet2
MUS-127/327Woodwind Choir (flute choir, sax quartet)2