Dec 06, 2021  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Course Catalog 2021-2022

Music Minor


The minor consists of a minimum of 5 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.


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The minor in music is designed for College students who want to structure and organize their studies in the Conservatory during their time at Oberlin. The specific requirements provide basic guidance while also allowing students to explore and pursue a variety of music-focused classes and activities and to follow their own interests.


Students wishing to complete the Music minor should consult with their academic advisor or a member of the curricular committee and complete the Minor Add or Drop form. The form requires the signature of one of the minor faculty co-chairs. Students must obtain prior approval for any substitution.

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Co-Chairs
Elizabeth Hamilton
Peter Swendsen

Summary of Requirements


Courses must be taken in at least three of the following five areas:

Music Minor Requirements


Note: If a student is enrolled in or completed a course that is not listed below, they can petition the curricular committee to apply the course toward the minor.

Solo Performance


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Solo performance takes the form of private lessons (typically secondary lessons) on an instrument or voice. Signups and auditions take place each semester during the first week of classes.

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Academic Areas


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Note: Academic areas typically include music theory (MUTH), music history (MHST), and ethnomusicology (ETHN). Any course in these areas can count for this requirement. With approval from the committee, one music/sound-focused course from the College may also count for this area.

The following courses may be of particular interest for students pursuing this minor.

Creative Practice


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Note: Creative practice courses include all courses and/or lessons in TIMARA (TECH) and composition (COMP) and jazz composition/arranging (JAZZ 130/131). With approval from the committee, one music/sound-focused course from the College may also count for this area.

The following courses may be of particular interest for students pursuing this minor.

PACE & PROF


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Note: Any class or credit-bearing project in PACE or Professional Development (PROF) can count toward this requirement. The LEAD course for the Music Leadership Career Community can also be counted.

The following courses may be of particular interest for students pursuing this minor.