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Opportunities for All Students (non-majors)


The Department of Music provides a wide range of musical experiences to enrich the education of all University of Delaware students. A variety of music courses and ensembles are open to all.


Many students find that the combination of a minor in music with any other major is an attractive option at UD. 



There are five formal minors in music: 

     • The musical studies minor focuses on music theory/composition and music history/literature plus performance in an ensemble.
     • The applied music minor allows a student to take up to four semesters of vocal or instrumental study plus courses in theory/composition, music history/literature, class piano and performance in an ensemble.
     • The minor in jazz studies includes an exploration of the history of jazz and provides the student with the harmony and improvisation skills used in jazz performance.
     • The minor in music management studies examines the theory and practice of core principals in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of music.
     • The minor in church music provides historical information and practical instruction for those with an interest in this area.

Private study in instrumental or vocal music is incorporated into the curricula of all major and minor degree programs. In addition, private musical instruction is available to students in the University Honors Program. In the freshman year, Honors students may audition to receive private study for one credit, regardless of major. Another private study option available to non-majors is to audition for the Music Merit program, which provides free private study with department faculty for the academic year. 
Students taking private study of applied music (as majors, minors, honors or Music Merit) must participate in a large ensemble. Students are accepted into private study as minors, Honors, or Merit students by audition only.

Numerous ensembles are available to all students on campus. Each year several hundred students earn academic credit by participating in musical ensembles and performance programs. Most are non-music majors, but are talented musicians who make a high-level commitment to musical performance as an ongoing part of their University experience.