Four members of the Yellow Jacket Band playing their instruments on the football field in full uniforms of bright purple and gold.At DC, we view the arts as a catalyst for expression, creativity, and innovation. Our Music Minor is designed to develop these skills through focused musical study and engaging performance opportunities. The minor's flexible nature allows students to tailor their studies and performance experiences to align with their own musical interests and career goals. All music minors are accepted through an entrance interview with the Director of Music Programs and Assistant Director of Music Programs.

The music minor is 18 credit hours, which includes a combination of course work, lessons, and ensemble requirements.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (9 credit hours)

Music Theory (3)
Advanced Music Theory (3)

Choose one:

Music Leadership & Management (3)
Conducting (3)
Survey of Western Music (3)

CONCENTRATIONS (9 credit hours)

All music minors must select one concentration. Requirements are concentration-specific.

VOICE CONCENTRATION (9 credit hours)
Piano Skills (2)*
Voice (1) - must be taken twice for a total of 2 credit hours.

Choose 5 credit hours from the following vocal ensembles:
Choral Union (1)
College Choir (1)

Piano Skills (2)*

Choose 2 credit hours of applied lessons on the following primary instruments:

Guitar (1)
Bass Guitar (1)
Violin (1)
Viola (1)
String Bass (1)
Cello (1)
Woodwinds (1)
High Brass (1)
Low Brass (1)
Percussion (1)

Choose 5 credit hours from the following instrumental ensembles:
Orchestra (1)
Symphonic Band (1)
Marching Band (1)
Jazz Band (1)

PIANO CONCENTRATION (9 credit hours)
Piano (1) - must be taken 6 times for a total of 6 credit hours.

Choose 3 credit hours from the following music ensembles:
Orchestra (1)
Choral Union (1)
College Choir (1)
Symphonic Band (1)
Marching Band (1)
Jazz Band (1)

*Students in the Voice and Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion concentrations may test out of Piano Skills and supplement those 2 credit hours through applied lessons or music ensembles. Piano concentration students are not required to take Piano Skills unless recommended by the Director of Music Programs.

For more information or to start planning your individualized music minor, contact


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