Music Performance Minor

The Music Performance Minor prepares musicians for careers in music performance. It is designed as the professional component of the Music Major, and is designed to be completed during the junior and senior years. It is intended only for students who perform at the highest caliber, and admittance to the minor is only granted by permission at the end of the sophomore year.

This minor builds upon a foundation of music theory, history, and performance, gained in the major, but focuses primarily on fostering in students high-quality performance skills. Students develop critical thinking skills by learning to critique the performances of others and themselves. They also acquire analytical reasoning skills through training that encourages the creation of performances that possess a strong sense of integrity and musicality. Through in-depth experiences in performance, with the personal guidance of an experienced instructor, students also attain problem solving skills particular to learning literature and performing it. Communication is at the core of music, and students in this minor excel at communicating through music performance.


  • Declared Music Major
  • Successful completion of lower-division applied lessons
  • Permission*

* Permission is typically granted following the sophomore spring Jury. Students must complete the Petition to Begin the Music Performance Minor form available through the music office or applied instructor. This form should be given to those administering the spring jury at the beginning of the jury. Permission is granted by those administering the jury.

Minor Requirements:

*This requirement is in addition to the Music Major requirement.

** An independent study or internship course also counts towards the completion of the music major.

For violin, viola, or cello

For voice


Recommended Enhancements

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication through writing and music
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present two successful recitals
  • Demonstrate knowledge about and the ability to perform standard performance literature
  • Demonstrate the ability to direct an ensemble