Music Minor

Description. The Music minor offers students the opportunity to explore music through a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach. The minor combines core requirements with two areas of concentration, Music History/Comparative Music, or Composition/Technology/Theory. Through the study of Western art, music and comparative music studies such as Caribbean music, world music, and pop, rock and jazz, the student examines and contextualizes the art form. The study of voice, piano, songwriting, composition, and music technology encourages the student to explore their inherent creative potential by directly engaging in the creation of music, while also developing a foundation in the basic skills of music making.

Rationale. Music, one of the most universal and fundamental art forms, reflects virtually every aspect of personal and social experience. Through the development of its skills and the consideration of its history, we see how broader cultural patterns are reflected in music specifically, and in art forms generally. The core courses in the minor will ensure homogeneity among the students in their abilities and, in conjunction with the advanced courses, will allow them to express their creativity while developing an understanding of the place of music in the history of the world.

Credits. 18

Minor coordinator. Professor Ben Bierman, Department of Art and Music (646.557.4822,

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student's major, other minor or program.

PART ONE                                                                               Subtotal: 9 credits


MUS 102 The Language of Music*
*Students who possess prior knowledge or experience may consult with the minor coordinator or instructor for a possible exemption from this course.

Choose two

MUS 101 Introduction to Music
MUS 103 American Popular Music from Jazz to Rock
MUS 104 Music in World Culture
MUS 110/LLS 110 Popular Musics of the Caribbean
MUS 115 The Art of Singing: Vocal Technique
MUS 120 Piano
MUS 130 John Jay Chorus
MUS 131 John Jay Chorus II
MUS 140 Introduction to Guitar
MUS 220 Choral Music in Performance

PART TWO. TRACKS.                                                          Subtotal: 9 credits

Select three from one track

Track I: Music History/Comparative Music

200-level, Choose two

MUS 201 Musical Masterworks
MUS 203 American Musical Theatre
MUS 205 Beethoven, Verdi, Stravinsky
MUS 206/HIS 206 Orchestral Music and World Wars 
MUS 280 Selected Topics in Music (when topic is appropriate)

300-Level Requried

MUS 310 Comparative History of African American Musics

Track II: Music Composition/Theory/Technology

200-level, Choose two

MUS 202 Songwriting
MUS 220 Choral Music in Performance
MUS 236 Music Technology
MUS 280 Selected Topics in Music (when topic is appropriate)

300-Level Required

MUS 336 Composition/Technology

Total: 18 credits