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The music curriculum includes courses in music history and theory, ensemble performance, and applied lessons.


The Minor in Music seeks to prepare students with a mastery of the initial and most essential fundamentals of the discipline of music within a liberal arts context.  It seeks to establish a foundation for life-long development and application of the primary components of music. It is not designed to provide “pre-professional” preparation for a career as a musician, but rather to generate insight that allows one to incorporate musical aesthetics and understanding into one’s life.  It simultaneously teaches students how to continue their musical pursuits beyond college.  The minor provides an appropriate combination for certain majors and music-connected careers such as music librarian; music business (with either Business or Communications); musical theatre (with Theatre); song writing / lyrics (with English and/or Creative Writing), and of course it may also generate sufficient preparation for one to function as an avocational or part-time musician.

Students in the music minor program seek: 

  1. To acquire a basic understanding of how music is structurally composed, as well as how to analyze music for performance preparation.
  2. To acquire a basic understanding of how music fits into the context of Western history and culture and how this informs performance and related applications.
  3. To acquire a basic understanding of how to apply musicianship in the creation of a musical performance.

Completion of all the following academic and applied courses:

Academic Studies

Mus 131 Music Theory I                     2 hours

Mus 132 Music Theory II                    2 hours

Mus 133 Music History I                     4 hours

Mus 134 Music History II                    4 hours

Applied Studies

            *Mus 136 Private Applied Music        4 hours (2 or 4 semester sequence of same letter)

            +Mus 134 or 144         Ensemble       4 hours (4 semester sequence of 134 or 144)

                                                                        20 credit hours - total

*includes options for piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, ‘cello, all brass and woodwind instruments, and harpsichord

+includes University Singers / University Chorale; Oglethorpe Concert Winds / Pep Band; Oglethorpe Strings

General Electives in Music (no previous music study required)

Mus 135, Mus 290, Mus 335, Mus 400 and Mus 490


For course descriptions, please refer to the Oglethorpe University Bulletin.


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