University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Minor in Music

A minor allows students to delve into an area of interest that is outside the major. Courses in the minor are distributed among the fields of music history/literature, music theory, and performance. The minor is declared through use of an online form.

Who minors in music?

The short answer is "all kinds of people!" Music minors tend to be students who were involved in music in high school, want to stay involved in college, but don't want to pursue music as a career. So if you have a keen interest in learning more about music technology or world music, music theory or the history of jazz, and want to take lessons or participate in one of our many ensembles, a music minor can be right for you!

We encourage you to talk to a faculty member about department minors, or contact Prof. Toner or the department office for more information. We also offer advising sessions for minors each semester, usually in April and in November.

How do the three music minors differ?

The Music minor is the oldest, and largest, of the minors. It is constructed with the idea of giving minors a broad overview of music history/literature, music theory/composition, and music performance. This is especially popular with students who want to participate in an ensemble or take lessons; these students often plan to take about 6 credits of lessons/ensembles anyway, so the two classes in music theory and two classes in music history/literature make the minor fairly easily attainable.

The Music Technology minor is geared for students interested in music history/literature and music theory, but who are particularly interested in a hands-on minor that explores the technological side of music. Students take classes in the Music Technology Lab and the new Recording Studio.

The Musical Theatre minor combines acting, movement, and music (with an emphasis on vocal training) for students interested in having a minor focus that combines the department's emphasis on music and dance in partnership with the Department of Theatre.

Do I have to audition to become a music minor?

No, there is no audition required for music minors.


Music minors are assigned an advisor in the department based on their instrument(s) and interests. Please e-mail us if you need an advisor to be assigned to you. Music minors may also contact the department chair to review their progress in the minor curriculum. We offer group advising sessions for minors twice a year, usually in April and November.


Read about the music minor curriculum in the UVM Catalogue

Last modified November 14 2016 12:42 PM