Music Performance Minor

The Music Minor in Performance is designed for students with majors in non-music disciplines who have a love of vocal or instrumental music and wish to pursue performance study at the university level. This degree provides students with the opportunity to strengthen music theory and music history skills, take applied music lessons (two credits per semester) with one of our distinguished performance faculty members and participate in Department of Music ensembles. Ensembles generally meet once or twice per week, and all minors and non-music majors are encouraged to join.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Music Minor in Performance must submit an application, audition and complete MUS 105 with a minimum grade of "C." 

Applied Music Lessons (Two Credits Per Semester)

Non-music majors who participate in the UB Symphony Orchestra are eligible to audition for no-fee applied music lessons. When completing the application and audition request form, please select "Non-major Lessons & Concert Band/Orchestra." Students who are unable to join the orchestra may audition for fee-based lessons and should select "Fee-based lessons ($275/semester)."

Course Requirements

The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing a Music Minor in Performance. In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his or her academic advisor. There are 28 total required credit hours in music for this degree. Academic standards that apply to music majors will also apply to music minors.

Theory MUS 105; MUS 106 10 credits
History MUS 213-214 6 credits
Ensemble Upper-division credit 4 credits
Applied Music Upper-division credit 8 credits