minor in music

Minor In Music

The Mary Pappert School of Music offers a Minor in Music to any Duquesne student, regardless of major. The program consists of 15 credits, 7 of which are prescribed coursework and the remaining 8 are music electives.

Program Admission

A demonstration of musical ability in the form of an Audition Portfolio is required for entry into the program. If you have any questions please email us at musicadmissions@duq.edu.

Apply for a Music Minor

Program Requirements

All music minors will be required to enroll in the following music coursework:

  • Ensembles (2 credits)
    Duquesne's ensembles provide the finest university-level performing experiences available. As a member, students perform on campus, as well as at some of the best venues for music in the city.
  • Applied Lessons (2 credits)
    Applied lessons consist of individual instruction on a specific instrument. Lessons typically take place weekly. Time and location are arranged individually between the student and the instructor.
  • Foundational Music (3 credits)
    Students partake in a 2-credit course, Fundamentals of Music (MUSC 109) as well as Group Piano for 1 credit. As a music minor, Fundamentals of Music must be completed before taking on any courses in the elective pathways below.

In addition, a total of 8 elective credits in music are required. These can be used to focus the minor in various pathways including, but not limited to:

  • Jazz Studies
    Explore the language of jazz through composition, arranging, harmony, and history courses.
  • Music Technology
    Get hands-on access to state-of-the-art recording studios and media labs while engaging in a variety of audio/video production projects.
  • Performance
    Continue participation in ensembles, dive deeper into performance techniques, and expand performance repertoire.
  • Music Theory
    Choose from a variety of music theory, history, and composition/arranging courses to sharpen and hone musicianship.

Customize Musical Outcomes

Students interested in focusing on a particular pathway will work directly with a faculty advisor to select courses to meet desired outcomes and experiences. If a student has questions at any point, they are welcome to contact the school of music to set up an advising appointment.

Academic Advisor: Jane Cubbison, cubbisonj@duq.edu 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Miller, millerp3@duq.edu 

Interested in music, but not sure about a minor?

Students may register for certain classes a la carte such as MUSR 101-Audio Industry Techniques without having to complete an audition or commit to a minor in music. Students are also welcome to participate in ensembles in the same fashion (seating auditions required).

For those interested in non-credit music lessons and courses, visit duq.edu/MusicForAdults to learn more about City Music Center of Duquesne University, the community outreach division of the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Want to change majors?

Those interested in switching to a major in music should schedule a time to meet with the music admissions and advisement team to review options. Email musicadmissions@duq.edu or call 412-396-5064 to schedule an appointment.