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Music Minors/Supports

Music Performance Support

The student concentrates on learning an instrument or singing through lessons, performance in an ensemble, and coursework in music theory and history. Courses include private lessons, participation in an ensemble such as the Alverno Choir, Fundamentals of Music, and music history classes such as Origins of Music or Favorites of Classical Music (14 total credits).  Prerequisite of basic music-reading skills and experience in a music performance area are required.  

An Alverno College student with a support area in Music Performance learns:

  • to explore the music of different cultures and societies to better understand the place and value of music in those contexts;
  • to make historical and stylistic relationships between music of different time periods and cultures;
  • to apply insights and understanding derived from the study of music literature, history and theory in the preparation of musical performances; and
  • to demonstrate understanding of different stylistic traits and composer styles in performing works from different time periods and cultural areas.

Music History and Cultures Support 

Students focus on classes in diverse music styles, including European classical history, along with elective participation in a music lesson or an ensemble. Courses include a choice of Origins of Music or Favorites of Classical Music, Fundamentals of Music, Music Technology, and Popular Music (16 total credits). No prerequisite music-reading or performance skills required. 

An Alverno College student with a support area in Music History and Cultures learns:

  • to explore the music of other cultures in order to understand the place and value of music in those cultures;
  • to make historical and stylistic relationships between music of different periods; and
  • to communicate effectively about music composers and styles.
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