Loyola University Chicago

Music

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Minor in Music

OVERVIEW

 The Loyola University music program invites students of all backgrounds to engage in a vast array of performance and coursework opportunities. Located in one of the world's most vibrant musical centers, and featuring a highly dedicated and award-winning faculty, Music at Loyola provides the rigorous training necessary for those intent on pursuing a career in music, while offering a welcoming environment for non-majors seeking to enhance their collegiate experience.

MUSIC MINOR CURRICULUM

A total of 21 credit hours are required for the minor in Music. The music curriculum is a combination of Music Theory, Music History and Literature, applied courses (one-on-one study), ensembles, and electives. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Recent graduates of Loyola University's music program have embarked on careers as performers, educators, composers, arrangers, conductors, studio musicians, and arts administrators. Graduates with a concentration in Jazz Studies have pursued careers in not only jazz, but in related idioms as well, while students of the Sacred Music concentration gain valuable experience working with pastors, choirs, and congregations as they prepare to become church music directors. Students who complete the new Vocal Performance concentration will be well-equipped to continue in the field of music as performers, teachers, music therapists, arts administrators, and choir directors. Loyola's B.A. in Music also prepares students for graduate study, with many recent graduates enrolling in leading music schools and conservatories across the U.S.

RESOURCES

Highlights of the Loyola Music program include performance opportunities in numerous ensembles, including: University Chorale, Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Pep Band. Loyola also features an extensive Applied Music Program (one-on-one study) with a world-class faculty, newly renovated performance venues, a digital music lab, a keyboard lab, and practice rooms featuring Yamaha and Kawai grand pianos.

Music Theory (8)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 144 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 145 Musicianship Lab I 1
MUSC 244 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 245 Musicianship Lab II 1
Note: MUSC 144 (Music Theory I) and MUSC 145 (Musicianship Lab I), as well as MUSC 244 (Music Theory II) and MUSC 245 (Musicianship Lab II) must be taken concurrently. Students receiving a 3 or 4 on the AP Music Theory Exam are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144; students receiving a 5 are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144 and 244. 
Music History (3)
Course Number Title Credits
Choose ONE of the following:
MUSC 252 Music History I: Development of Western Music 3
MUSC 353 Music History II: Golden Age of Western Music 3
MUSC 354 Music History III: Global Western Music 3
MUSC 256 Jazz Music History  3
Applied Music (3)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 280A-Z Applied Music (Various Instruments) 1 Each
MUSC 380A-Z Applied Music Advanced (Various Instruments) 1 Each
Ensembles (4)
Course Number Title Credits
Choose any combination of the following, totaling 4 credits: 
MUSC 105 Symphony Orchestra 1
MUSC 106 Guitar Ensemble 1
MUSC 107 Chorus 1
MUSC 108 Liturgical Choir 1
MUSC 109 Jazz Band 1
MUSC 110 Wind Ensemble 1
MUSC 111 Percussion Ensemble 1
MUSC 207 Chamber Choir 1
MUSC 289 Chamber Ensemble 1
MUSC 290 Jazz Combo 1
Electives (3)
Course Number Title Credits
Choose ONE of the following:
MUSC 122 Introduction to Digital Music 3
MUSC 185 Jazz Improvisation  3
MUSC 201 Music Technology I 3
MUSC 246 Composition I 3
MUSC 248 Jazz Composition and Arranging 3
MUSC 252 Music History I: Development of Western Music * 3
MUSC 256 Jazz Music History * 3
MUSC 255 Music in Catholic Worship 3
MUSC 260 Conducting 3
MUSC 353 Music History II: Golden Age of Western Music * 3
MUSC 354 Music History III: Global Western Music * 3
MUSC 385 Jazz Improvisation II 3
MUSC 374 Musical Theatre Repertoire 4
MUSC 389 Topics in Music (several courses are offered under "Topics in Music") 3
* If not used for Music History Requirement 

To download a PDF copy of the Music Minor curriculum, click here.