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 Jazz Quartet Marist College Singers Women (female concert choir)
Marist College Percussion Ensemble Marist College Sirens (female a cappella ensemble)
Marist College String Orchestra Marist College Time-Check (male a cappella ensemble)
Marist College Wind Symphony (Select Wind Ensemble) Marist College Women’s Select Choir (auditioned women’s concert choir)
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

178 Paralegal Program

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. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.