Music Minors

Music Minor

Music Minor

Music 
Chris Combest, Advisor
Wright Music Building 269
615-898-2476
Chris.Combest@mtsu.edu

The minor in music requires an audition for the School of Music in order to qualify for enrollment in required coursework. Please contact Dr. Chris Combest for more details or information on auditions.

A minor in Music requires 20 hours.

Music Theory (8 hours)

 

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

Private Instruction (4 hours)

  • 4 credit hours of private instruction in up to two instruments

Ensembles (2 hours)

  • 2 credit hours of ensemble participation

Students will choose from the following two options:

 

Option #1 (6 hours)

 

  • MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music. TBR Common Course: MUS 1030

  • Any MUHL 3000-4000 level course 3 credit hours

Option #2 (6 hours)

 

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    3 credit hours

    A study of culture and music through a chronological survey of styles, genres, and composers of Western art music and through the comparative study of various non-Western musical practices.

  • MUHL 3010 - History of Western Art Music I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Second required music history course for Music majors. A survey of Western art music from antiquity through the eighteenth century, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

  • MUHL 3020 - History of Western Art Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MUHL 1610 with grade of C- or better. Third required music history course for music majors. A survey of Western art music of the eighteenth through twenty-first century, including Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

In Addition

The student must fulfill all prerequisites for any course within the minor. Students must complete at least three semester hours at the upper-division level through MTSU in the minor.

Music Industry Minor

Music Industry Minor

Music 
Cedric Dent, Advisor
Cedric.Dent@mtsu.edu
 

Some courses used to satisfy the requirements of the Music Industry Minor may require an audition or prerequisites. Please contact Dr. Cedric Dent for more information.

The minor in Music Industry requires 20 hours.

Music Theory (8 hours)

 

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

Electives (8 hours)

8 hours selected from:

  • MUHL 1610 - The World of Music

    3 credit hours

    A study of culture and music through a chronological survey of styles, genres, and composers of Western art music and through the comparative study of various non-Western musical practices.

  • MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music. TBR Common Course: MUS 1030

  • MUTH 2110 - Theory and Aural Skills III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Nineteenth-century chromaticism. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 2120 - Theory and Aural Skills IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2110. Continued study of harmonic tonality and twentieth-century vocabularies. Twentieth-century practices. Meets for four hours per week.

  • MUTH 4130 - Orchestration and Arranging

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 2120. Compass and tonal qualities of band and orchestra instruments; transposition. Fundamentals of arranging for various instrumental groupings.

  • MUTH 4180 - Improvisation  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 4180 - Improvisation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120 or permission of instructor. Basic tools of jazz improvisation including chord/scale relationships, melodic construction, and practice techniques. In-class playing over blues, rhythm changes, and other standard jazz progressions. Elements of the bebop style. Preparation of playing exercises and several solo transcriptions.

  • MUTH 4190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music  3 credit hours  
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    MUTH 4190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music

    3 credit hours

    (Same as RIM 4190.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others-RIM 3010, RIM 1230, or MUTH 1110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to synthesizer programming and the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) with emphasis on history, theory, and application. Hands-on activities include synthesizer programming with virtual instruments and MIDI sequencing using a digital audio workstation. Laboratory required.

  • MUTH 4290 - MIDI Sequencing and Virtual Instruments  3 credit hours  
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    MUTH 4290 - MIDI Sequencing and Virtual Instruments

    3 credit hours

    (Same as  RIM 4290). Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4910/MUTH 4910; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 or permission of instructor. An advanced hands-on course with an emphasis on MIDI sequencing and virtual instruments within Pro Tools, Reason, and other music production software. Drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments used to create a commercial music track. Laboratory required.

  • Any MUHL 3000-4000 level course 3 credit hours

 

  • RIM 4590 - MIDI Based Scoring for Visual Media  3 credit hours  
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    RIM 4590 - MIDI Based Scoring for Visual Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MUTH 4590.) Prerequisite: RIM 4390 or MUTH 4290/RIM 4290 with C or better or permission of instructor. An advanced electronic music course where students learn advanced techniques with Logic Pro, specifically for scoring music to visual media, such as animations, trailors, documentaries, and film. Topics include the exploration of virtual instruments and MIDI orchestration in order to realize original scores in a variety of moods and styles. Laboratory required.

  • MUTH 4590 - Computer Based Scoring for Visual Media  3 credit hours  
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    MUTH 4590 - Computer Based Scoring for Visual Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as RIM 4590.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 3300 or  RIM 4290/MUTH 4290; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 3300 or  RIM 4290/MUTH 4290; or permission of instructor. Writing music for visual media using the capabilities of a computer workstation. Introduces compositional techniques utilizing Macintosh sequencing software and QuickTime video playback in combination with synthesizers and sample playback programs. Concepts include synchronization of music to picture, tempo selection, sound source selection/manipulation, and analysis of the dramatic content of a scene. Laboratory required.

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Private Instruction and/or Ensembles (4 hours)

  • Four semesters of private instruction and/or ensembles

In Addition

The student must fulfill all prerequisites for any course within the minor. Students must complete at least three semester hours at the upper-division level through MTSU in the minor.

American Music Studies Minor

American Music Studies Minor

Music 
Joseph Morgan, Advisor
Joseph.Morgan@mtsu.edu
 

A minor in American Music Studies requires 19 hours.

Required courses (11 hours)

 

  • MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I  4 credit hours  
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    MUTH 1110 - Theory and Aural Skills I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1000 with grade of C- or higher or satisfactory score on theory diagnostic exam. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Major and minor scales and harmonizations through secondary function. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUTH 1120 - Theory and Aural Skills II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1110. Harmonic tonality and fixed-do solfège through chorale analysis and harmonizations of given bass lines. Modal scales, harmonization, and analysis through the augmented sixth. Meets for five hours per week.

  • MUHL 4660 - American Music  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4660 - American Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A survey of American music from the colonial era to the present; added emphasis on topics selected by the instructor. Examines folk, popular, art, sacred, and secular traditions within their cultural and historical contexts.

Guided Electives (8 hours)

To be selected from the following:

  • MUHL 3140 - History of Rock 'n' Roll

    3 credit hours

    A historical and cultural examination of rock 'n' roll music from its origins to the present.

  • MUHL 3670 - Studies in North American Popular Music

    3 credit hours

    Close study of one or more regional musical cultures of popular music in North America. Focuses on cultural, historical, economic, and political forces that have shaped the genres under consideration as well as issues of class, race, gender, migration, colonialism, identity, and resistance. Offers a range of experiences with the music, emphasizing its practices, sustainability, stylistic features, instruments, and cultural contexts.

  • MUHL 3910 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Technical features of various styles from the inception of jazz to present. Introduction of jazz style periods, performance practices, stylistic features, and artists.

  • MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUHL 4800 - Art Music and African Americans

    2 credit hours

    A chronological and topical overview of African American musicians and composers and the primary genres of African American art music from slavery to the present.

  • MUTH 3160 - Jazz Theory  3 credit hours  

    MUTH 3160 - Jazz Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 1120. Exploration of the harmonic syntax, melodic construction, and song forms in jazz music. Analysis, listening, original composition, and practice hearing jazz chords and progressions.

  • RIM 3000 - History of the Recording Industry

    3 credit hours

    Traces the development of the technology, business, major record labels, and the music recorded as well as significant individuals in these areas.

  • RIM 3100 - Introduction to Popular Music Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Introduces students to different academic and theoretical approaches to popular music as a social and cultural phenomenon. A discussion oriented class that is both reading and writing intensive.

  • RIM 3200 - History of Country Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. History and culture of American country music. Explores the historical progression of the genre and analyzes topics such as race and gender relations, material culture, generational conflict, and the role of "authenticity" in the creation and commodification of the music. Reading, writing, and listening intensive.

Recommended General Education Courses

These courses are not part of the minor.

  • MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music. TBR Common Course: MUS 1030

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed. Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.