Music Minors & Other BU Music Programs

Minor in Music Performance

The Music Minor in Performance will provide Boston University undergraduates with high-level training in instrumental or vocal performance. Concentrated individual study will be required, in addition to multiple semesters of ensemble participation and required coursework in music theory and music history. This minor is intended for student musicians with previously substantive music experiences—those who wish to expand upon established musical skills. It is not a viable option for those students wishing to experience an introduction to music study.

Admission to the Minor in Performance is contingent upon the successful completion of a performance audition for members of the appropriate School of Music performance department (Piano, Strings, Voice, or Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion). Please make arrangements for an entrance audition through the Performance Minor advisor.

An additional placement audition is required for enrollment in Boston University ensembles. Audition information (dates and requirements) are established by the Ensembles Office, and auditions are held the first week of the fall semester. All information regarding ensembles auditions can be found on the BU Ensembles website.

For more specific information regarding the Music Performance minor curriculum, please click here.

Advisor: James Demler

Minor in Music

This minor consists of 20 credits.

Required courses: Required courses: CFA MT101, MT102, MT111, MT112 (8 credits in music theory). A music theory placement exam is required before registering for these courses. Based on the results of this exam these courses may be waived, but must be replaced by other courses in music as approved by the advisor for music minors. No credit toward the completion of the non-performance music minor will be given for the following courses: CFA MT105, MT106, MH105 and MH106. Additionally, AP Music Theory credits do not count toward the minor.

A supplemental 12 credits in music are chosen with the approval of the advisor for music minors. Applied music and composition courses require an audition or departmental approval.

Advisor: Jason Yust

Arts Leadership Minor

The College of Fine Arts is launching a new minor in Arts Leadership that is available to music majors as well as to students from across the University.

Minor in Music Education

minor in Music Education is available to students in the School of Education. To earn a minor in Music Education, students must complete 16 approved credits. Please contact the minor’s advisor for more information.

Advisor: Ron Kos

Courses for the BU Community

The School of Music welcomes participation in many of its classes by students from all parts of the BU community. Please refer to Courses for the BU Community for a complete listing.

Other BU Music Programs

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music is offered through the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University

Advisor: Thomas Peattie

Covering a wide range of disciplines in the arts and sciences, including 25 academic departments and a growing number of interdisciplinary programs, the College of Arts & Sciences is closely aligned with the College of Fine Arts, School of Music, in offering the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music — College of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Music — Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • PhD in Music — Graduate School of Arts & Sciences