University Catalog 2023-2024

Music Studies (Minor)

The Music Studies Minor is a 15-credit hour curriculum designed for undergraduate students who wish to acquire a broad understanding of music from a number of approaches, with the flexibility to follow their curiosities where they lead.  


Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:


The Music Department Head or their designee will certify the Music Minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than the registration period prior to the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person/Music Minor Advisor

Dr. Kirsten Paige
Music Minors Coordinator
Department of Performing Arts & Technology

SIS Code:  24MUMLA

Plan Requirements

  • A total of 15 hours is required for the Minor in Music Studies.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be applied to the minor, as approved by the Music Minor Advisor and Department Head.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in each course used toward the minor.
  • No course in the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
Required Courses
MUS 103Theory and Musicianship I3
or MUS 153 Theory and Musicianship II
MUS 104Theory and Musicianship Lab I (or credit by exam)1
MUS 200Understanding Music: Global Perspectives3
Elective Courses
Select eight credit hours from the approved course lists below. 18
Total Hours15


Non-Ensemble course list
Keyboard Skills I 2
Vocal Techniques
Theory and Musicianship II
Theory and Musicianship Lab II
Applied Music Lessons I 3,4
Applied Music Lessons I 3,4
Introduction to Music Literature I
Introduction to Music Literature II
America's Music
Class Piano II
Piano Pedagogy
Introduction to Popular Music: 1950s-1970s
Introduction to Popular Music: 1980s-Present
Introduction to African-American Music
Introduction to the Music Industry
History of Jazz
Songwriting Using Digital Audio Workstations
Music Composition
Music Composition with Computers
Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Music of the 19th Century
Music of the 20th-21st Centuries
Survey of Musical Theater
Music of Asia
Women In Music
Intermediate Songwriting using Digital Audio Workstations
Ensemble course list 1
University Singers
Tenor-Bass Choir
Women's Choir
Chamber SIngers
State Chorale
University Singers
Raleigh Civic Symphony
Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Combo II
Jazz Lab Band
Jazz Combo I
Jazz Orchestra
Chamber Music Performance

Any combination of MUS 193 and ensembles is limited to 5 credits. 


MUS 107 has a prerequisite of MUS 103 or theory placement test.


Admission to MUS 193 is through a preliminary audition.  A jury exam at the end of the first semester of MUS 193 determines eligibility for the second semester.  


Each semester of MUS 193 requires a co-requisite of an approved ensemble in student’s area of applied study.