Music Minor Guidelines

Any student interested in becoming a music minor must audition and be accepted on a major instrument or voice. To schedule an audition, please complete the Audition Request Form.  Call 607-274-3366 or e-mail with questions or concerns. Auditions may be scheduled after September 1.  

Additional information can be found on the Auditions website, including requirements per instrument.   

Course requirements (total of 22 credits)

      Music Theory and Sight-Singing:

MUTH-10100 Fundamentals of Music Theory—1 credit (may be exempted by scoring 84% or higher on a placement exam administered by the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition.  See below for details.)

MUTH-12100 Introduction to Musical Styles—2 credits

MUTH-12200 Music Theory I—2 credits (Fundamentals of Music Theory is a prerequisite for this class.)         

MUTH-13300 and MUTH-13400 Sight-Singing I and II—1.5 credits each                                           

      Music History:

MUTH-25500 and MUTH-25600 History and Literature of Music I and II—3 credits each     


PFMJ-xxx01 Private Instrument in four consecutive semesters—1 credit each semester. (Private studies are with either a full- or part-time faculty member, or with a graduate student depending on space availability.)                                        

"MUEN-xxxxx  Major Ensemble in four consecutive semesters—1 credit each semester (requires separate audition and permission of performance teacher and ensemble conductor"

Major Ensembles List: Choir, Chorus, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Women's Chorale, Wind Ensemble

Required courses taken prior to admission to the Music Minor

On a space available basis, students may take the Music Theory, Sight Singing, Music History, and Ensemble courses prior to admission to the Music Minor. Such coursework will be credited toward the minor once a student auditions for and is accepted into the minor program. 

Private lessons designed for the Music Minor (PFMJ XXX01) are not available till an audition is completed successfully.  Credits received for private lessons for non-majors (MUNM XXX00) prior to a successful audition to the Music Minor, however, will count toward completion of the Minor requirements.  These lessons require an additional performance fee and require an audition during summer orientation sessions or by appointment.  Please contact Ms. Dianne Zamoiski at (607)274-3366 for further information. 

Recommended course sequence

The Fundamentals of Music Theory and Musical Styles courses (both offered only in the fall semester) should be fulfilled in the fall semester immediately after a student is accepted into the music minor, if not before.  Music Theory I should be taken in the following spring semester. 

Sightsinging I and II should be taken consecutively, but a student may opt to delay beginning that two-semester sequence.  Each course is offered both semesters, though taking Sightsinging I in the fall and II in the spring will offer much greater scheduling flexibility.

Music History I and II should be taken consecutively, beginning in a spring semester.  Music Majors begin the sequence in the spring semester of their freshman year, but Music Minors may opt to delay the sequence, starting instead in the spring of either their sophomore or junior years.

Performance requirements (private lessons and ensembles) should normally be fulfilled in consecutive semesters, though not necessarily concurrently.  That is, a student may begin lessons before beginning ensemble study, or vice versa.  Lessons and ensembles occur in all semesters, so Music Minors may start their performances sequence anytime.  Any student seeking to complete performance requirements in other than a consecutive sequence should contact the associate dean of the School of Music (607)274-3348.

Please note that Music Minors do not take Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy, nor do they perform semester juries or recitals.  Private instructors may encourage Music Minors to attend repertory classes, though that is not required.  Interested Music Minors should talk to their teachers about that opportunity.

Auditions for ensembles

Auditions for ensembles are separate from auditions for the Music Minor.  Ensemble auditions occur in the first days of the fall semester each year.  Music Minors should go to /music/current_students/audition/ for ensemble audition materials.  Students seeking to begin their ensemble sequence in the spring semester will need to contact ensemble conductors to see if space is available and whether special auditions are possible. 

Placement test for Fundamentals of Music Theory

Music minors may satisfy the Fundamentals of Music Theory requirement by achieving 84% or higher on a placement exam administered by the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition.  This exam is offered during the first day of most Summer Orientation periods and the day before classes begin for each semester.  For more information, contact the Music Office (607)274-3171.

Lockers and practice rooms

If available, lockers and musical instruments may be checked out in accordance with School of Music policy, but for no more than four semesters.  Please see Mr. Doug Blakely, instrument repair technician, in room 1210 of the Whalen Center (607)274-3660. 

Any Ithaca College student may use the practice rooms on the first floor of the Whalen Center, though the rooms are reserved during the daytime hours of all weekdays.  If a practice room remains unoccupied for more than ten minutes past the hour, the student reserving that room gives up the privilege.  Music Minors may reserve practice rooms (one hour per weekday) after the first week of classes each semester.  See Mr. Erik Kibelsbeck, facility coordinator, for information about the reserve policy and procedure.


Dr. Peter Rothbart (JJWCM 4207, 607-274-1497) serves as advisor to music minors.  Please see him for any questions about the program. 

Checklist for entrance into the minor

  1. Contact Mr. Thomas Kline (607)274-3366 to schedule an audition for the program.
  2. Once accepted to the Music Minor, contact the Music Office (607)274-3171 for information on music theory placement and ensemble auditions.
  3. Contact Ms. Dianne Zamoiski (607)274-3366 for information regarding private lessons.
  4. Contact Dr. Peter Rothbart (607)274-1497, Music Minor advisor, for advising appointment.



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