Music Minors and Immersions

As part of your bachelor’s degree requirements, you’ll enhance your core studies by completing an immersion (a concentration of three courses in your particular area). You can also complement your major, develop another area of professional expertise, or pursue a personal interest by completing a minor.


A minor can complement an undergraduate student’s major, help them develop another area of professional expertise, or enable them to pursue an area of personal interest. Completion of a minor is formally designated on the baccalaureate transcript, which serves to highlight this accomplishment to employers and graduate schools.

Music Performance Minor

The music performance minor combines courses in music theory, music history, and world music with practical application through ensemble participation and applied music study. This combination of the academic and the practical offers students a more profound understanding of the art of music, and in a broader sense, an introduction to cultural development and the communication of ideas.
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Music and Technology Minor

The music and technology minor includes courses in music theory, music history, contemporary and historical musical instrument technology, acoustics, audio engineering, music for media, and music performance. This minor provides students with an avenue to integrate their technological interests and skills with music.
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Undergraduate students must complete an immersion—a concentration of three courses in a particular area. These courses support deeper learning within a focus area and are used to meet RIT’s general education requirements. In many cases, an immersion can lead to a minor with the addition of two courses. However, not all minors have a corresponding immersion, and vice versa.


Music Immersion

The immersion in music offers courses in the history, theory, and practice of music. Students with a background in music and/or a genuine desire to know more about the subject will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of various theoretical and historical aspects, as well as participate in performing groups at RIT.
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Yunn-Shan Ma
Yunn-Shan Ma
Assistant Professor
Director of RIT Philharmonic Orchestra
School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts