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Any VCU student may declare a minor in music with approval from the Department of Music. The music minor comprises 18 credits of which a minimum of nine credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. The minor in music must include a minimum of two semesters of study of APPL 200 and two semesters of APPM 300-level ensemble courses. A music adviser counsels each student about the selection of appropriate courses based on the student’s competence and interest. Depending on audition results and course prerequisites, students may select from the following to meet their minor requirements:

Course Title Hours
Applied lessons 1
Applied Lessons (1 credit/half-hour lessons - audition may be required)
Applied music 2
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
University Band
Commonwealth Singers
Choral Arts Society
Jazz Orchestra
Small Jazz Ensemble
Accompanying: Piano
Flute Choir
Guitar Ensemble
Piano Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
String Chamber Music
Brass Ensemble
Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Vox Concordia
Music courses 3
Any APPL, APPM, MHIS, MUED or MUSC courses
Additional courses
The Creative Economy
Idea Accelerator
Piloting the Enterprise
Creative Disruption

One credit per half-hour lesson – audition may be required. 


One credit each – audition may be required.


Audition or prerequisite may be required; see individual course descriptions for details.

A 2.0 GPA is required among courses applied toward the minor. A minimum total of 18 credits is required.