Minor in Music

Requirements: 15 credits

At Duquesne, students with previous musical experience are encouraged to consider earning a minor in music. Music minors will participate in private lessons on their major instrument and sing or play in a high-quality ensemble. All students are required to audition on their instrument to gain instrument to the music minor program. To schedule an audition please call the Music Admissions office at 412-396-5983. A total of 15 credits are required to achieve a minor in music.

Section 1: Required Courses in Music-7 credits

A. Ensemble Courses

The following courses may be taken to fulfill the ensemble requirement. Some of these ensembles require audition for placement. Contact the director of music admissions (musicadmissions@duq.edu) for information about placement auditions. Note to advisors: call for override for courses listed as restricted to Mary Pappert School of Music.

  • MUEN 107 Brass Choir
  • MUEN 112 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUEN 114 Flute Choir
  • MUEN 115 Trombone Choir
  • MUEN 116 Jazz Guitar Ensemble
  • MUEN 117 Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
  • MUEN 118 Electronic Ensemble
  • MUEN 120 Classic Guitar Ensemble
  • MUEN 122 Chamber Orchestra
  • MUEN 125 Symphony Band
  • MUEN 130 Wind Symphony
  • MUEN 132 Orchestra
  • MUEN 134 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUEN 135 Jazz Workshop
  • MUEN 139 Pappert Chorale
  • MUEN 141 University Singers
  • MUEN 143 Voices of Spirit
  • MUEN 144 Opera Workshop

B. 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. Students may request an instructor. Availability of specific instructors may be limited, depending on their teaching load and space availability in their studios. In some cases, a placement audition may be required.

  • MUAP 101 Flute
  • MUAP 102 Oboe
  • MUAP 103 Clarinet
  • MUAP 104 Bassoon
  • MUAP 105 Saxophone
  • MUAP 107 Trumpet
  • MUAP 108 French Horn
  • MUAP 109 Trombone
  • MUAP 110 Euphonium
  • MUAP 111 Tuba
  • MUAP 112 Percussion
  • MUAP 113 Violin
  • MUAP 114 Viola
  • MUAP 115 Cello
  • MUAP 116 Double Bass
  • MUAP 118 Organ
  • MUAP 119 Piano
  • MUAP 120 Voice
  • MUAP 121 Classical Guitar
  • MUAP 122 Bass Guitar
  • MUAP 123 Harp
  • MUAP 124 Jazz Piano
  • MUAP 126 Jazz Voice
  • MUAP 130 Jazz Guitar
  • MUAP 131 Jazz String Bass
  • MUAP 132 Jazz Saxophone
  • MUAP 133 Jazz Brass

Students in the Music Minor may also choose to take additional applied study beyond the two credits included in the program. In order to do so, students should register for applied study with the MUNA subject code and the corresponding course number for their specific instrument. Please note that a per-credit fee is assessed for any applied lessons beyond the two credits included in the program. Please refer to the tuition and fees page within the University Catalog.

C. MUSC 109: Fundamentals of Music-2 credits

D. MUPF 157: Group Piano I-1 credit

Section 2: Music Elective Courses-8 credits

MUSC 109: Fundamentals of Music, must be taken prior to any Music Elective Courses. These courses may be satisfied by:

A. Additional semesters in music ensemble (see MUEN courses above)
B. Courses in Jazz/Improvisation (all courses with the approval of the instructor)

  • MUJZ 131 History of Jazz
  • MUJZ 141 Jazz Chamber Music
  • MUJZ 223 Jazz Improvisation I
  • MUJZ 225 Jazz Improvisation II
  • MUJZ 339 Jazz Arranging I
  • MUJZ 340 Jazz Arranging II
  • MUJZ 341 Jazz Composition
  • MUJZ 342 Advanced Jazz Improvisation I
  • MUJZ 343 Advanced Jazz Improvisation II

Note: MUNM courses may not be used for the music minor. These courses are reserved for the DU Core Curriculum Fine Arts requirement.

C. Other courses in music performance (with approval of the instructor)

  • MUPF 212 Chamber Music–Strings
  • MUPF 214 Chamber Music–Brass
  • MUPF 216 Chamber Music–Woodwinds

D. Other courses in Musicianship (with approval of the instructor)

  • MUSC 101 Musicianship I-Written, must be taken with MUSC 111
  • MUSC 111 Musicianship I-Aural/Oral, must be taken with MUSC 101
  • MUSC 102 Musicianship II-Written, must be taken with MUSC 112
  • MUSC 112 Musicianship II-Aural/Oral, must be taken with MUSC 102
  • MUSC 415 World Music
  • MUSC 311 Composition I
  • MUSC 312 Composition II
  • MUSC 313 Composition III
  • MUSC 314 Composition IV

E. Courses in Sacred Music, MUSM (with approval of the instructor)

F. Other courses in Music Technology (with approval of the instructor)

  • MUTK 101 Computers for Musicians
  • MUTK 115W Music Technology I
  • MUSR 101 Audio Industry Techniques I
  • MUSR 102 Audio Industry Techniques II