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Minor in Music

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Music
The minor in music requires 21 to 25 credits, depending on the area of study. The course of study includes:

  • Four semesters of private or master class instruction in the area of specialization
  • Two semesters of theory or models
  • Two semesters of solfège or ear training
  • Two semesters of secondary piano*
    *for students in areas other than piano performance
  • Two semesters of music history (any courses)
  • Two semesters of ensemble (placement by audition)

How to Apply
Only a limited number of students can be admitted each year to the minor in music, based on the available spaces in a given area. Students will only be accepted through the Conservatory of Music audition process. There is a $57 nonrefundable audition fee, which is subject to annual increases approved by the State University of New York, plus a $5 Slideroom fee.

After their audition, students who have been accepted must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study, available at www.purchase.edu/registrar (under “Forms”) and at the Office of the Registrar.

Required Course Fee and Performance Lab Fee
Students minoring in music are charged the course fee ($1,219.87 per semester) to cover private-study lessons and master classes, as well as a performance lab fee ($37 per semester). Please note that these fees are subject to annual increases. For a detailed explanation of each fee, please refer to Fee Adjustments and Explanation on the Student Financial Services website (www.purchase.edu/departments/enrollmentservices/financialservices/ebill/explanationoffees.aspx.).

Updates on fees during 2016–2018 may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services (www.purchase.edu/departments/enrollmentservices/financialservices/), (914) 251-7000.

Information for Music Majors
Students majoring in a Conservatory of Music program may not minor in another area of music. However, they may (with permission of the instructor) pursue study in another area within the conservatory. Music majors who audition for another music program will not be charged an audition fee. However, they will be charged an additional course fee if they take secondary lessons.

For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/music/

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