The School of Music offers five options for those wishing to minor in music: General Musicianship, Performance, Jazz, World Music, and Music Technology. These Minors in Music allow students in any undergraduate major with background and interest in music to receive official transcript recognition for their music studies at WVU. Each Minor in Music is a flexible course of study that combines 18 credit hours of study in music performance, theory, history/literature, and/or technology. The purpose of the Minor in Music is to offer a range of music studies that will appeal to students’ diverse backgrounds and interests in varied forms of engagement with music. The five varied minors offered by the School of Music allow students to combine performance and academic study tailored to his/her goals.
The Minor in Performance is intended for the student who has a particular interest in performance. The minor gives the student a number of performance opportunities, both within large and small ensembles, and the opportunity to study privately in applied lessons. The student in this minor will supplement the performance-based coursework with music history/literature, and/or theory, and elective courses.
The Minor in Jazz Studies is intended for students with a background in jazz or improvised music.
The Minor in World Music is intended for students with musical interest outside of western art music. The required courses focus on the relationship between music and culture and support WVU’s vision of diversity and the advancement of international activity and global engagement.
The Minor in Music Technology is intended for students with a background or interest in recording, creating, or producing audio for music or visual media. There are two tracks available to suit composers, producers/recording engineers, or both. This minor gives students the opportunity to study and apply the theories and techniques required for successful audio production using a digital audio workstation as well as composition, sound design, audio in multimedia applications, and programming using various software and hardware tools.
Admission to the Minor in Music (General Musicianship, Performance, & Jazz Studies) is based on two criteria: a performance audition (vocal or instrumental) and the availability of teaching time in the particular applied studio. The entering performance level must be at least a level 3. Admission to the Minor in Music (World Music & Music Technology) is acceptance to the University. Successful completion of any of the Music Minors is based upon a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the selected music courses. Students enrolled in Minors that require applied study/performance must make significant progress as assessed by the music faculty in music juries (performance final examinations).Music Minor Application