Music Minor

The UIS Music minor is designed to help students increase their general music knowledge and acquire a basic understanding of diverse methodologies of music study. It introduces students to a range of musical instruments, styles, methodologies and career options.  Students may plan a broad-based minor that includes courses in music performance, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, and music technology, or they may tailor their degree to focus on one particular aspect of music study. Currently, the music program maintains strong course offerings in the areas of ethnomusicology and fundamental questions about the role of music in human social life focusing on diverse issues like cultural relativity, national identity, globalization, and social justice. Music performance courses help students advance their technical proficiency, engage in critical thinking about music as text, and hone their collaborative skills in a variety of world music traditions. The Music minor is open to students in any field.


Students will be assigned a Music Minor Faculty advisor, who will assess individual curricular needs and assist in creating an appropriate academic plan.

Grading Policy

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses that apply toward the degree.  Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted toward the Music minor.

To earn a minor in Music, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours. Three lower-division courses are required for the minor: One in musicology, one in music theory, and one in ethnomusicology. Six hours of electives are required for the minor, and three of these elective hours must be upper division courses taken at UIS. The program may approve transfer credit of no more than two courses. Students should consult with an academic advisor to ensure that they have understood the minor requirements.


Required Courses
MUS 111Fundamentals of Music Theory3
MUS 121Music Appreciation3
MUS 191Musics of the World3
Select 6 hours of electives, three hours of which must be upper division6
ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures
Vocal Music Ensemble 1
Instrumental Music Ensemble 1
Beginning Class Guitar
Beginning Class Piano
Individual Music Lessons I 1
Arts & Identity: Japan & U.S.
Introduction to Music Technology
Introduction to Music Education
Introduction to Music Education
Vocal Music Ensemble 2
Instrumental Music Ensemble 2
ECCE: Music and Social Justice *
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Jazz in American Culture *
Individual Music Lessons II 2
ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures *
Topics in Music
ECCE: American Musics *
ECCE: Music and Social Justice
Jazz in American Culture
ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures
ECCE: American Musics
Total Hours15