Advice for Music Minors

Beginning in Spring 2016, the Music Department’s Minor in Recording Arts will be replaced by a Minor in Music Technology. The change only involves adding one class, and students can start on the coursework beginning in Fall 2015. Also in Spring 2016, the Music Department will add a new Minor in Commercial Music. Students can also start on that coursework as early as Fall 2015.

Music Department minors are open to all students, regardless of major. The ability to read standard Western music notation is an advantage in starting a minor, but not a pre-requisite of any of the curriculums. However, students with no prior experience reading music must take MUS 100 and 101 as their first course in any of the curriculums. The available minors are:

• Music minor: This is the most general of the Music Department's minors and it is for students who wish to continue their secondary school musical experiences on a collegiate level, but are not interested in majoring in music. The curriculum presumes some prior experience in performing on a wind, percussion, or string instrument, or as singer. This is the most popular of the Music Department’s minors.

• Commercial Music (available in Spring 2016): This minor is for students interested learning more about creating and performing commercial music. Most students pursuing it have some prior performing experience on a wind, percussion, or string instrument, or as a singer. The minor is commonly completed by students interested in augmenting work in another major, but it is also a minor occasionally pursued by music majors.

• Music Technology (formerly “Recording Arts”): This minor is for students interested in a study of digital audio, recording technology, and electronic music. The curriculum presumes no prior experience in music or use of recording equipment. This is a minor commonly completed by students interested in supplementing work in a related major or with career goals for which knowledge of digital audio or recording would be helpful. This is also a relatively popular minor, and one often pursued by music majors.

• Jazz Studies: This minor is for students interested in an intensive study of and performance experience in jazz music. The curriculum presumes that students entering the minor have some prior performing experience on a wind, percussion, or string instrument, or as a singer. This is a minor commonly completed by music majors interested in performing and teaching careers and skilled non-majors who wish to continue their secondary school musical experiences on a collegiate level.

Music minor roadmaps

A pdf-formatted version of roadmaps for all minors is available. These roadmaps do not account for GE coursework or courses in a major, but typically a student would start a minor in either the sophomore or junior year of a four-year program. Students may decide to spread the coursework over even more quarters, but they should consult the CSUSB Bulletin of Courses for course prerequisites and also the rotation of music courses available in the Music Department’s handbook under “Curriculum.”