May 25, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Minor

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About the Minor

Just because you’re away at college doesn’t mean you have to put your passion for music on hold. Arcadia’s Music Minor is the perfect complement to a liberal arts education— whether you’re an experienced musician or just getting started. 

A flexible and inviting curriculum welcomes students from across all majors to take some music courses, join one of Arcadia’s music ensembles for course credit…even take up a new instrument (or voice) with a private or group music lesson. What better way to bring harmony to your college experience!

Arcadia’s Music program provides a highly interactive opportunity for students to enrich their liberal arts experience through a Minor in Music. The program features a variety of coursework, including opportunities to take courses abroad through Arcadia’s acclaimed study abroad program. Students also may enroll in private music lessons as well as perform for course credit in one of Arcadia’s ensembles: Chamber Orchestra, University Choir, Women’s Ensemble, or Chamber Choir. The program is distinguished by its strong sense of community and diverse, dedicated faculty, who have achieved numerous accolades through their many years of national and international experience in the music industry.

A minor in Music can be a stimulating complement to a liberal arts education. Students can enhance their music experience by enrolling in music courses for credit and by becoming involved with student-run music organizations such as AU Exalted, Cabaret Club, Knightingales, and Pep Band.

The program provides a variety of coursework and performance study options to meet the needs of those considering a career in music or those planning to enter the profession. Students pursue the necessary skills and competencies through a carefully planned series of foundation and upper-level courses, tutorials and independent studies.

It is recommended that students take at least four semesters (or the equivalent) of Private Lesson MU 159  (applied music) or Performance Study MU 187  in a chosen area of performance. It is recommended that every student take private or group piano lessons.

NOTE: A student does NOT have to minor in music to participate in music courses.


(24 credits as listed below)

Four Music Courses at the 100/200 Level (16 credits)

 Chosen from the following:

Private Study/Group Lessons (4 credits)

Four credits (or the equivalent) of private study in any instrument/voice, or two semesters of private study and one semester of group lessons are required.

One Music Elective at the 300 Level (4 credits)

May include an Independent Study.

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