The 15-credit Music Minor gives students a basic grounding in music history and theory. In addition to the required courses noted below, students can study a range of subjects such as surveys of special music genres (theater music, film music, popular music, world music, and so on), performance in vocal and instrumental ensembles, and private lessons in voice, a wide variety of instruments, and composition.

Required Courses (9 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

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Course Descriptions

  • MUSIC1015 Basic Vocal technique is a course using a workshop format to teach vocal anatomy, proper breathing, balanced tone, as well as work on vocal registers, and vocal health. Each student will be assigned pieces from Musical Theater and/or the classical repertoire. This course is targeted for Freshman Theater majors with a concentration in Musical Theater and/or other students wishing to improve their singing and to gain confidence and skill set for solo singing.

  • MUSIC1020 A vocal ensemble composed of mixed voices for the development of necessary vocal skills and techniques. Select sacred and secular choral literature used. Performances scheduled throughout the year. May be taken for either 1 or 2 credits. Fall, Spring

  • MUSIC1021 A survey of American popular musical styles from early spiritual and minstrel, through ragtime, blues jazz and rock in today's market, including aspects of the music industry. This course will make college students aware of the important heritage repreented by American popular music and will encourage students to broaden their musical interests and taste for jazz and pop.

  • MUSIC1050 A performance ensemble rehearsing each week and performing at selected FDU games and in other venues.

  • MUSIC1375 A one-semester course for private instruction in piano. Consult music coordinator or department chairperson for details. Fall, Spring

  • MUSIC1376 A one-semester course for private instruction in voice. Consult music coordinator or department chairperson for details. Fall, Spring

  • MUSIC1377 A one semester continued course in private Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, "Oboe, and other wind instruments." Music instructor will provide detailed musical curriculum.

  • MUSIC1391 A one-semester course for private instruction in guitar. Consult music coordinator or department chairperson for details.

  • MUSIC2015 Vocal Technique continues developing skills for proper and healthy singing. The course will concentrate on emergence of a personal, convincing, and appropriate expressive style on the basis of free singing tone and well-supported vocal mechanism. Students will be assigned pieces from Musical Theater or the Classical repertoire.

  • MUSIC2205 From "Pyscho" to "The Titanic" an informative and entertaining look at the history, aesthetics and techniques of film music from the early 1900s to the present day. The class will examine selected scores of silent films, documentaries, animated films, features, commercials, and music videos from a musical, dramatic and production perspective.

  • MUSIC2211 A survey of art ("classical") music from the ancient Greek period to the age of Beethoven. The course traces the development of Medieval and Renaissance music and emphasizes the Baroque and Classical eras, particularly Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Beginning with an introduction to the basic materials of music, the course focuses on the histrory of art music, the major companies from the 12th through the 18th centuries, their important works, stylistic and formal traits, and the cultural- historic setting in which their music was created.

  • MUSIC2212 A survey of art ("classical") from the age of Beethoven to the present day. This course traces the development of music during the Romantic and Modern eras. Beginning with an introduction to the basic materials of music, the course focuses on the history of art music, the major composers from Beethoven to the present, their important works, stylistic and formal traits, and the cultural-historic settings in which their music was created.

  • MUSIC2221 An introduction to music theory, including the development of basic skills in reading and notating music, ear-training, sight- singing and the study of rhythm, melody, scales, keys, intervals, and triads.

  • MUSIC2339 A course designed to offer instructional training in singing for the musical theater. Emphasis will be placed on vocal training, rhythm and presentation, and each student will be helped to choose material suitable for his or her vocal range.

  • MUSIC3344 A survey of the history of contemporary musical theater from its origins in the 19th century through present day. In addition to lectures and discussions, the course makes extensive use of audio and video materials.

  • MUSIC4800 Independent studyunder the direction of a specific faculty member after consultation with the department chairperson.