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The music departments of the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art offer minors for both music (Composition, Conducting, Piano) and non-music majors.

  • Minor in Composition

    Students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at The Catholic University of America with a major in an area other than composition may request permission to complete simultaneously a minor in composition.

    Admission Requirements

    The student must submit a portfolio of representative scores accompanied by recordings (if available) to the composition faculty of the Departments of Music. The composition faculty must approve the submitted scores before admission to a composition minor can be approved.

    Program of Study

    In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in composition.

    • MUPI Private Instruction: Composition (Jury required each semester) 12 (min.)
    • MUS 323 Orchestration, or a music elective if the student has already taken
    • MUS 323 3
    • MUS 404 Composition Seminar (1 credit each) 4
    • MUS 434 Counterpoint 3
    • MUS 473 Introduction to Electronic Composition 1
    • MUS 499B Composition Minor Recital (15 minutes of music)
    • Recital of original compositions. The candidate must participate in the recital as either a performer or conductor. At least one work on the graduation recital must have been substantially generated through electronic media. Completed scores (including realizations of electronic scores) for the graduation recital must be submitted no later than 30 days in advance of the recital date.) 0

    Composition Minor total credits: 23

  • Minor in Conducting (Orchestral/Opera)

    This curriculum is designed for music majors in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music programs who are orchestral or chamber musicians, voice majors, pianists, and composers. The program offers knowledge, techniques, and experience in the art and craft of conducting for those who wish to become more adept and expressive as conductors, who expect to conduct their own ensembles, or, as in the case of composers, their own musical creations. This curriculum is highly recommended for those students who aspire to become conducting majors in graduate programs. Preparation for auditions to graduate programs is considered in the curriculum.

    Duration of the program: four semesters, not to begin before the junior year.

    Prerequisites: Basic Conducting; Harmony IV.

    Admission Requirements

    Students interested in the Conducting Minor program should be permitted to enroll in a special section of Basic Conducting for instrumental, piano, voice, and composition majors during the second semester of the sophomore year while they are studying Harmony IV. The instructor of this special section of Basic Conducting will determine which students are accepted into the Conducting Minor program, based on their performance in this course.

    Program of Study

    In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in conducting.

    • MUPI Private Instruction (one credit per semester) 4
    • MUS 503A Conducting Repertoire: survey of major works to create a basic repertoire knowledge of symphonic, opera, ballet, and oratorio compositions. (four semesters; two credits per semester) 8
    • MUS 503B Conducting Seminar: score reading, and conducting technique (four semesters; two credits per semester) 8

    Conducting Minor total credits: 20

  • Minor in Piano

    Qualified students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Catholic University of America with a major in an area other than piano performance may request permission to complete simultaneously a minor in piano. Composition majors may pursue the Bachelor of Music in Composition with Minor in Piano. Admission and curriculum requirements for that program are available from the head of the Theory and Composition Division. Undergraduate students pursuing other majors within the departments of music may request permission to pursue the program described below. Admission Requirements Acceptance as a piano minor is granted following successful completion of a 10-minute audition of classical repertoire before a faculty committee of the departments of music. The audition should consist of three memorized pieces in contrasting tempos and styles.

    Program of Study

    In addition to completing requirements in the major area, the student must also complete the following requirements to earn a minor in piano.

    • MUPI Private Instruction: Piano (Jury required each semester) 12
    • MUS 153 (154) or MUS 155 (156) Piano Ensemble (1 credit each) or Piano Sight Reading (1 credit each) 2
    • MUS Piano Literature Electives (Piano Pedagogy Electives may replace 3 credits of Piano Literature) 3
    • MUS Piano Literature Electives 3
    • MUS 499C Piano Minor Recital (45 minutes) 0
    • Piano Level VIII 0

    Piano Minor total credits: 20

  • Non-Music Majors

    UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN MUSIC (with performance)

    The subconcentration in music is open only to students who are not currently majors in music. Successful completion of a proficiency audition is required for the option "with performance." The audition should be ten minutes in length and include classical repertoire in three contrasting styles that best display the student's level of proficiency. Composers, in lieu of a proficiency audition, will submit original compositions for evaluation.

    Program of Study

    • Equivalent MUS 121, 122 Eartraining / Sightsinging I, II* 4 or 3
    • MUS 123, 124 Harmony I, II * 4 or 3
    • MUS 131 Music Literature 3 or 3
    • MUPI Applied Secondary Instruction ** 3 or 3
    • MUS Two Music Electives *** 6 or 6
    • MUS Performing Organization 2 or 0

    Minor in Music with Performance total credits: 22 or 18

    * All students must take a Theory Evaluation Test before enrolling in these courses; a student whose exam indicates deficiencies must successfully complete Fundamentals of Music Theory I, II (MUS 023, 024) before being permitted to take Harmony I and Eartraining/Sightsinging I.

    ** Three semesters of study at one credit per semester, all credits to be taken in the same instrument, voice, or composition category. A jury examination is required each semester.

    *** To be approved by the Departments of Music. May include applied instruction taken at one credit or three credits per semester. Applied instruction taken at one credit per semester must add up to three or six credits in the same instrument, voice, or composition category. A jury examination is required for each semester of applied instruction.

     

    UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN MUSIC (without performance)

    The subconcentration in music is open only to students who are not currently majors in music. No audition is required for the option "without performance."

    Program of Study Semester

    Equivalent MUS 121, 122 Eartraining / Sightsinging I, II* 4 or 3

    MUS 123, 124 Harmony I, II * 4 or 3

    MUS 131 Music Literature 3 or 3

    MUS 183, 184 Class Piano ** 2 or 0

    MUS Three Music Electives *** 9 or 9

    Minor in Music without Performance total credits: 22 or 18

    *All students must take a Theory Evaluation Test before enrolling in these courses; a student whose exam indicates deficiencies must successfully complete Fundamentals of Music Theory I, II (MUS 023, 024) before being permitted to take Harmony I and Eartraining/Sightsinging I.

    ** May be replaced with two semesters of applied piano instruction (MUPI) at one credit each, pending a successful audition for the piano faculty.

    *** To be approved by the Departments of Music. Suggested courses include (but are not limited to) History of Music I-III (MUS 325, 326, 327), History of Musical Theatre (MUS 385, 386), Harmony III-IV (MUS 223, 224), Eartraining/Sightsinging III-IV (MUS 221, 222). May include up to three credits of applied instruction (MUPI) taken at one credit or three credits per semester, pending a successful audition for the appropriate applied faculty. A jury examination is required for each semester of applied instruction. May also include up to three credits of performing organization (at one credit per semester), pending a successful audition for the organization.