What can a music theory minor do for you?
Do you love music and want to understand it from an academic perspective?
Consider our music theory and literature minor—the perfect fit for someone passionate about music history, theory and literature.
As a music theory and literature minor, you'll take upper-level classes in the history, theory and literature of music without the requirement to participate in a musical ensemble.
The minor pairs nicely with any of our more than 60 academic programs.
And you'll be part of a music department that is considered to be one of the best at any liberal arts college in the nation.
Music has been at the heart of Susquehanna since the university was founded more than 150 years ago, and our program attracts high-caliber students and faculty.
Minor in Music Theory/Literature. Before declaring a minor in music theory/literature, a student must pass the musicianship and written theory diagnostic tests, which can be arranged by contacting the department head. Note that approval of this minor does not guarantee a place in required music classes. Students must complete with a grade of C- or better 20 semester hours of coursework: either MUSC-152 Survey of World Music or MUSC-101 Introduction to Music; MUSC-161 Theory I; MUSC-162 Theory II; MUSC-163 Ear Training I; and 10 or 12 semester hours of music electives from 200-level courses or higher chosen with the guidance of a member of the Department of Music. Elective credit in applied music and performing groups is limited to two semester hours of applied study and two semester hours of performing groups.
Music Theory & Ear Training
Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:
University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Eastman School of Music
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Graduates have gone on to jobs at:
Milton Area High School
Atonement Lutheran Church
Staats Operette Dresden
University of North Texas College of Music
South Shore Symphony Orchestra
Pinellas Youth Symphony
University of Connecticut
Loyalsock Township School District
Stone Hill Middle School
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.
The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.
Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.
A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.
Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.
The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.
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theaters with orchestra pits
The program provides the surrounding communities with lifelong learning opportunities for professional music study and enrichment activities in an academic environment, including individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, and most band and orchestra instruments, along with group music classes for infants through adults.
The hallmark of the program is the rich collaboration among music faculty, music students, and the children and adults who take lessons and classes.Read More