Music Minor

Minimum of 20 semester course credits

MUS 003Musicianship I–IV (Musicianship I) 12
MUS 003Musicianship I–IV (Musicianship II and III required)2
MUS 005
MUS 006
Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I
and Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 149Creativity Seminar: conception, collaboration, realization.4
or MUS 150
Select four semester course credits in electives4

Courses for Non-majors

Music is an important component of a liberal arts education. The department offers courses specifically designed for non-majors each year. These courses allow students to become culturally informed and active participants in a wide variety of musical experiences. Students engaged in discourse about music also acquire verbal and analytical skills that will be useful throughout their scholarly and/or professional careers.

Core courses in the non-major curriculum, such as MUS 001 Exploring Music: Performance, Creation, and Cultural PracticeMUS 014 Musics of the World: Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan/MUS 015 Musics of the World: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the AmericasMUS 016 Women, Gender, and Musical CreativityMUS 020 American Music, MUS 121 Film Music: Mood and Meaning, MUS 141 The Music of India: Brahma to Bhangra, and MUS 163 The World of Opera, introduce a broad range of music and demonstrate how music is part of a vast social, political, and intellectual perspective. These courses also concentrate on the development of the non-musician's musical perceptions; students learn that the ability to understand and appreciate music, and even to participate in creative musical activity, is not the sole property of those with formal musical training. Non-majors are also encouraged to enroll in several of our courses in electronic music and music technology: MUS 047 Introduction to Electronic Music; MUS 054 Introduction to Computer Music; and MUS 161 Sound Techniques of Recording.

The Music Department also offers individual instruction in voice and most instruments—even for beginners—and various musical ensembles that attract the College community, including the Mills College Choir, Chamber Music Performance Collective, and the Mills Percussion Group, along with the Gamelan, Haitian Drumming, Music Improvisation, Contemporary Performance, and Vocal Jazz Improvisation Ensembles.