Music Program

Music Minor

Open to all Majors - School of Communication and the Arts

Our Music Minor program has been developed in a manner so that it is very compatible with the many fine Major programs offered at Marist. If a student genuinely loves music, then the declaration of a Music Minor simply makes sense.

The Music Minor requires students to take twenty-one credits from a variety of course offerings that include music theory, applied music, and music history.

  • Applied music takes the form of large ensembles, small group classes, and private lessons that develop the student's vocal and instrumental skills.
  • Music Theory courses range from basic sight-reading (for students who do not yet read music) to advanced harmony and music arranging courses. 
  • Music History courses include the study of Opera, Jazz, Musical Theater, Popular Music, Bands in America, as well as courses that focus on a specific time period and/or on individual composers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will attain basic music literacy.
  • Students will have a foundational knowledge in cultural contexts of music.
  • Students will demonstrate musicianship through their ability to interpret and perform a wide range of musical genres.
  • Students will demonstrate commitment to community by participating in performances in support of many organizations.

Performing Ensembles:

  • Marist College Band (Symphonic and Athletic Bands)
  • Marist College Chamber Singers (auditioned concert choir)
  • Marist College Brass Ensemble
  • Marist College Chapel Choir
  • Marist College Flute Ensemble
  • Marist College Freshmen Women’s Choir
  • Marist College Guitar Ensemble
  • Marist College Gospel Choir
  • Marist College Handbell Choir
  • Marist College Singers (mixed concert choir)
  • Marist College Jazz Ensemble (“The Jazz Foxes”) Marist College Singers Men (male concert choir)
  • Marist College Singers Women (female concert choir)
  • Marist College Percussion Ensemble 
  • Marist College String Orchestra 
  • Marist College Wind Symphony (Select Wind Ensemble) 
  • Marist College Woodwind Ensemble

Course requirements for a Minor in Music

Students may select either the vocal track or the instrumental track.

Vocal Track:

One 3-credit Vocal course selected from the following: 3 cr

  • MUS 112 Beginning Vocal Skills I
  • MUS 113 Beginning Vocal Skills II
  • MUS 212 Intermediate Vocal Skills I
  • MUS 213 Intermediate Vocal Skills II 
  • MUS 351 Independent Vocal Study

Three 1-credit Choral Ensemble Courses 3 cr

  • MUS 251 Marist College Singers Women
  • MUS 250 Marist College Singers Men
  • MUS 252 Marist College Freshmen Women’s Choir
  • MUS 253 Marist College Chapel Choir
  • MUS 254 Marist College Gospel Choir
  • MUS 255 Marist College Women’s Select Choir
  • MUS 256 Marist College Chamber Singers

One 3-credit Theory course selected from the following: 3 cr

  •  MUS 103 Sight Reading
  •  MUS 120 Theory of Music I
  •  MUS 220 Theory of Music II

Two 3-credit History courses selected from the following: 6 cr

  • MUS 105 Intro to Music
  • MUS 106 Jazz and Sound
  • MUS 226 Music Cultures of the World
  • MUS 242 Popular Music in America
  • MUS 247 History of the Music Industry
  • MUS 248 History of Motion Picture Music
  • MUS 330 Beethoven and Schubert
  • MUS 335 Opera
  • MUS 340 Baroque Masters
  • MUS 344 Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • MUS 341 Romantic Music of the 19th Century
  • MUS 342 Music of the 20th Century
  • MUS 343 Music in America
  • MUS 346 Amadeus Mozart and 18th-Century Vienna
  • MUS 378 Special Topic in Music

The remaining six credits are selected from any other music courses. 6 cr

Total Credit Requirement for a Minor in Music (Vocal Track) 21 cr

Instrumental Track:

One 3-credit Instrumental Skills course selected from the following: 3 cr

  • MUS 140 Beginning Instrumental Skills I
  • MUS 141 Beginning Instrumental Skills II
  • MUS 240 Intermediate Instrumental Skills I
  • MUS 241 Intermediate Instrumental Skills II

Three 1-credit Instrumental Ensemble Courses selected from the following: 3 cr

  • MUS 107 Beginning Piano I
  • MUS 108 Beginning Piano II
  • MUS 230 Jazz Foxes
  • MUS 231 Brass Ensemble
  • MUS 232 Flute Choir
  • MUS 233 Woodwind Ensemble
  • MUS 234 Orchestra
  • MUS 235 Handbell Choir
  • MUS 236 Symphonic Band
  • MUS 237 Wind Symphony
  • MUS 245 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUS 410 Advanced Piano

One 3-credit Theory course selected from the following: 3 cr

  •  MUS 103 Sight Reading
  •  MUS 120 Theory of Music I
  •  MUS 220 Theory of Music II

Two 3-credit History courses selected from the following: 6 cr

  • MUS 105 Intro to Music
  • MUS 106 Jazz and Sound
  • MUS 226 Music Cultures of the World
  • MUS 242 Popular Music in America
  • MUS 247 History of the Music Industry
  • MUS 248 History of Motion Picture Music
  • MUS 330 Beethoven and Schubert
  • MUS 335 Opera
  • MUS 340 Baroque Music
  • MUS 341 Romantic Music of the 19th Century
  • MUS 342 Music of the 20th Century
  • MUS 344 Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • MUS 343 Music in America
  • MUS 346 Amadeus Mozart and 18th-Century Vienna
  • MUS 378 Special Topic in Music

The remaining six credits are selected from any other music courses. 6 cr

Total Credit Requirement for a Minor in Music (Instrumental Track) 21 cr

 

 

Note: Students will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Above are the requirements for the most recent catalog.