Music Performance (Minor)

The minor program in music performance allows students who have a background playing an instrument or in singing to continue their studies in music. The coursework develops these skills through individual instrumental or vocal instruction and performance opportunities through various ensemble experiences. The program also includes the study of theoretical and historical elements of music. An audition is required for entrance into the minor in music performance, which includes private instruction in one primary instrument. Students interested in pursuing the minor in music performance should contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the School of Music for audition information and to schedule the audition.

Degree Offered

Music Performance (Minor)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

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Audition
Students who wish to add the performance minor or BIS concentration should email musicadmissions@asu.edu. The Academic Affairs Office will direct you to the appropriate faculty member with whom to schedule an audition.

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Advisors should not add the minor until the student presents a letter from the School of Music Academic Affairs Office confirming that the student has successfully passed the audition.

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Audition Information

An audition is required for entrance into the Minor in Music Performance, which includes private instruction in one primary instrument. The program consists of 21 hours, including a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours. A maximum of 9 hours may be transferred from another institution. All courses require a minimum grade of C. Advisors should not add the minor until the student presents a letter from the School of Music Academic Affairs Office confirming that the student has successfully passed the audition.

Students who wish to add the performance minor or BIS concentration should email musicadmissions@asu.edu. The Academic Affairs Office will direct you to the appropriate faculty member with whom to schedule an audition.

Coursework

Core (10 hours)
MUP 121 Secondary/Minor instrument instruction
MUP 121 Secondary/Minor instrument instruction
MUS 131 Bach to Bebop
MUP 321 Secondary/Minor instrument instruction
Three semesters of ensembles related to the primary instrument studied in the minor, selected from the following:

  • MUP 442 Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra or Orchestra Strings
  • MUP 443 Concert Choir or Chamber Singers
  • MUP 450 Choral Union
  • MUP 457 Women’s Chorus
  • MUP 459 Barrett Choir
  • MUP 486 Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Repertory Band or Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • MUP 494 Concert Band or ASU Gospel Choir

One of the following:

  • Fourth semester of ensemble (may be unrelated to the primary instrument studied in the minor)
  • MUS 494 Urban Dance Music Ensemble
  • MUS 294 Rock Band

Music History (6 hours chosen from the following)
MUS 347 Jazz in America
MUS 355 American Music
MUS 356 Broadway and the American Musical
MUS 410 History of Women in Music
MUS 340 Classical Music in America
MUS 362 Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture
MUS 354 Rock: The Early Years
MHL courses with instructor approval and if appropriate prerequisites are met.

Music Theory (3 hours chosen from the following*)
MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music Notation
MTC 125 Basic Music Theory
* Students will take a theory diagnostic exam to determine placement in either MUS 100 or MTC 125. 

Electives (2 hours)
MUP/MUS/MUE/MTC/MHL upper division course

Audition Requirements – Please prepare the Non-Performance Majors requirements for your instrument.

Adding the minor: After successfully passing the audition, contact your major area advisor to schedule an appointment. Bring to your appointment the email from the School of Music Academic Affairs Office indicating that you passed your audition as confirmation that you are admitted into the Music Performance Minor.