The music minor offers courses, instrumental and choral ensembles, and private lessons in voice and every instrument. The curriculum explores all phases of musical pursuit: performance, research and aesthetic response. Theory classes range from fundamentals in music through techniques in orchestration while history courses cover styles as old as chant and as new as electronic sounds and computer-generated techniques.

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Benefits of a Music Minor

  • Enhance your academic career through cultural experiences
  • Hone intellect through research, mental and physical skill development
  • Receive a “template” for aesthetic in life


Required Courses

Choose five courses:

MUS 106 - Music and Culture I: Timeless Threads (3)
MUS 107 - Music and Culture II: Lasting Legacies (3)
MUS 109 - Listening to Music (3)
MUS 132 - Class Piano (3)
MUS 148 - Fundamentals of Music: Theoretical Studies I (3)
MUS 202 - Music for the Classroom Teacher (3)
MUS 205 - Theoretical Studies II (3)
MUS 219 - Ear Training: Sight Singing/Keyboard Harmony (3)
MUS 235 - Intermediate Class Piano (3)
MUS 243 - Honors: Musical Mosaic (3)
MUS 310 - Instrumental Techniques and Orchestration (3)
MUS 313 - World Music (3)
MUS 314 - Music in the United States (3)
MUS 320 - Women and Music (3)
MUS 360 - Music and Social Issues: Mutual Impact (3)
MUS 427 - Study Tour (3)
MUS 442 - Romanticism in Music (3)
IDS 271 - Honors: Romanticism: The Beautiful Infinite (3)

Complete two semesters of ensemble (choose one):

MUS 201 - Concert Choir (1)
MUS 231/MUS 232 - Instrumental Ensemble (1)

Two semesters of applied music: voice, piano, organ, orchestral instruments, composition.

100-level (1)
200-level (2)
MUS 132 - Class Piano or MUS 235 - Intermediate Class Piano (3)
(May be substituted for one semester of applied music.)

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Internationally renowned faculty provide a comprehensive curriculum that integrates with most majors while exciting performance opportunities enhance the student experience.

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The Concert Choir of the University has performed with the University of Virginia and the University of Delaware Men’s Choruses, as well as the Chorus of the Unites States Naval Academy.

The Choir has also toured Europe and the United States, recorded a CD, and appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Internship Opportunities

Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis offer extensive opportunities, including;

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra