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Music Performance Minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
585-475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

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. A total of 15 credit hours from the suggested list of courses must be earned for the minor, with three credits in music theory and three credits from ensemble participation, required. Students can substitute 3 credits of Applied Music for three credits of ensemble, upon approval from Performing and Visual Arts department.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Course
Required Course
   FNRT-205    Music Theory 1
Students choose at least three semester credits of the following one credit courses:
   CMDS-240    The Harmonica and the Blues
   FNRT-250    RIT Singers
   FNRT-251    RIT Orchestra
   FNRT-252    RIT Concert Band
   FNRT-253    World Music Ensemble
   FNRT-254    RIT Jazz Ensemble
   FNRT-255    RIT Chamber Orchestra
   FNRT-256    Applied Music
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   FNRT-201    Music in the U.S.
   FNRT-202    Studies in World Music
   FNRT-203    American Popular and Rock Music
   FNRT-204    Music and the Stage
   FNRT-208    Composing for Media
   FNRT-209    Medieval and Renaissance Music
   FNRT-210    Bach, Handel, and the Baroque
   FNRT-211    Era of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven
   FNRT-212    Electronic Music Production
   FNRT-320    Music of the Romantic Era
   FNRT-321    Music Since 1900
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    Survey of African-American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-325    American Popular Song
   FNRT-326    History and Technology of Musical Instruments
   FNRT-327    American Musical Theater
   FNRT-328    Composing for Video Games and Interactive Media
   FNRT-485    Music Theory 2

* A minimum of two courses must be 300 level or above.




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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

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Legacy Quarter Text: 

The music performance minor combines courses in music theory, history, and world music with practical application through ensemble participation and applied music study. This combination of the academic and practical strives to offer 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. A total of 20 quarter credit hours, selected from the following areas of study, is required for the minor.

Required Course:
0505-499 Music Theory I

Required Ensembles and Applied Music*—Four credits must come from participation in one of these ensembles. Up to an additional four ensemble or applied music credits may be counted toward the minor:
0505-401 RIT Singers
0505-402 RIT Orchestra
0505-403 RIT Concert Band
0505-404 RIT World Music Ensemble
0505-405 RIT Jazz Ensemble
0505-420 Applied Music

Music History Elective—Choose at least one of the music history courses listed below. Up to an additional 8 credits of these courses may be counted toward the minor:
0505-442 Music in the United States
0505-447 The American Musical Theater
0505-448 20th Century American Music
0505-450 Music and the Stage
0505-454 Orchestra Repertoire and History
0505-455 Survey of Jazz
0505-456 Topics in Music History
0505-459 Era of Haydn and Mozart
0505-463 Survey of African-American Music
0505-464 Blues as Personal and Social Commentary
0505-465 Special Topics: Mozart's Opera
0505-466 Sounds of Protest
0505-470 American Popular Song
0505-471 American Popular and Rock Music
0505-482 Beethoven
0505-483 Bach and the Baroque
0505-484 Romanticism in Music

Music Theory and World Music Electives: Up to 8 credits may be counted toward the minor:
0505-461 World Music I
0505-462 World Music II
0505-485 Music Theory II

* Each of the required ensemble classes is one credit hour only. Four quarters of participation are required to complete one upper-level course equivalent.