Minor in Popular Music

The minor in popular music is designed to provide students with fundamental skills and performance experiences in popular and contemporary music. The minor offers a strong foundation in instrumental/vocal technique, live performance, popular music theory and history, songwriting, arranging, and modern recording and production techniques. The curriculum combines individual instruction with performance in ensembles in a variety of popular music styles and genres, including rock, R&B, blues, jazz and Latin to name a few.

  • MUSC 161 Elements of Popular Music (4 cr.)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 cr.)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 cr.)
  • MUSP 1xx Performance Studies (50-minute lessons) (4 sem., 1 cr. ea.)
  • MUSR 270 Level 1 Recital (0 cr.) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • MUSC 130 Introduction to World Music (4 cr.)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 cr.)
  • MUSC 162 The Roots of Blues, Rock and Country Music (4 cr.)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 cr.)
  • MUSC 223 Arranging (2 cr.) 

Plus four semesters in one or a combination of the following:

  • MUSN 173 Guitar Ensemble (1 cr. per sem.)
  • MUSN 175 Popular Music Ensemble (1 cr. per sem.)
  • MUSN 182 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (1 cr. per sem.)
  • MUSN 183 Jazz Singers (1 cr. per sem.)