Music Minor

  • Female music student

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.

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Course listing

General Education Or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)

MUS 101Elements of Musicianship (Prerequisite for MUS 110L. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.)3
MUS 102
MUS 103
Music Appreciation
or Introduction to American Popular Music
or 3

Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS 110 MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. 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 (21-22 Units)

MUS 110Music Theory and Aural Skills3
MUS 110LMusic Theory and Aural Skills Lab1
MUS 210Music Theory and Counterpoint3
MUS 210LMusic Theory and Counterpoint1
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 Lab.

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 115Vocal Performance Workshop2
MUS 116Concert Choir2
MUS 122Orchestra2
MUS 123Symphonic Band2

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

MUS 114Crosswind2
MUS 117San Joaquin Chorale2
MUS 118Vocal Ensemble (women’s chorale, men’s chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)2
MUS 120Brass Choir Strings, Handbells, Flutes (brass choir, hand bell choir or other approved instrumental ensemble)2
MUS 121Jazz Band2
MUS 127Woodwind Ensembles (flute choir, sax quartet, woodwind quintet)2

Program director

Photo of Jeffrey Wilson, DMA

Jeffrey Wilson, DMA

Program Director, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities


Photo of Christa Pehl Evans, Ph.D

Christa Pehl Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Music