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Music Minors/Supports

Music Performance Minor

The student concentrates on learning an instrument or singing through lessons, performance in an ensemble, and coursework in music theory and history. Courses include:

Beginning:       MU 102  Fundamentals of Music - 2 credits

Intermediate:   MU 261  Origins of Music - 2 credits or  
                    
MU 262  Favorites of Classical Music - 2 credits
                         MU 210  Improvisational Music - 2 credits
                         4 semesters of MUA Music Lessons - 4 credits
                         2 semesters of Ensemble - 2 credits

Advanced:        Elective:  MU 210 or MU 310 series class   
                         (Music Cultures/Music & Popular Culture) - 2 credits
                      14 total credits

NOTES: 
MU/TA 250 (4 credits) can subsitute for both MU 210 & 310 Electives;MU 276 Music Technology can substitute for an MU 210 Elective.

Prerequisite of basic music-reading skills and experience in a music performance area are required. 

An Alverno College student with a minor 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 Minor

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: 

Beginning:       MU 102  Fundamentals of Music - 2 credits
                         Elective:  Ensemble or Music Lessons - 1 + 1 credit

Intermediate:   MU 210  Improvisational Music - 2 credits
                        Elective:  MU 210 Music Cultures series - 2 credits
                        Elective:  MU 310 Music &* Popular Cultures series -
                                        2 credits
                         MU 261  Origins of Music - 2 credits or  
                         MU 262  Favorites of Classical Music - 2 credits
                         MU 276  Music Technology - 2 credits

Advanced:        Elective:  additional MU 310 series class  - 2 credits
                      16 total credits

NOTES: 
MU/TA 250 (4 credits) can subsitute for both MU 210 & 310 Electives;MU 276 Music Technology can substitute for an MU 210 Elective.

No prerequisite music-reading or performance skills required. 

An Alverno College student with a minor 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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