Minors (current USC students only)

To be eligible to apply for a minor in music, students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at USC and must have a declared major (Incoming undergrads that have already declared a major are welcome to apply once they are enrolled in their first semester).

Deadlines

  • For Admission to the 2018 Spring Semester: October 1, 2017
  • For Admission to the 2018 Fall Semester: March 1, 2018

How to Apply:

In addition to any entrance requirements listed in the following program descriptions, applicants must complete the Online Application for a Minor in Music.

Minor in Jazz Studies

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required of applicants to this program. Applicants are asked to play all major scales in eighth notes at a tempo of mm120=quarter note. Applicants may also be evaluated on reading music and transcribing simple solos. For further details about this minor, please contact Professor John Thomas at johnthom@usc.edu. The minor is not available to B.M. jazz studies majors.

Minor in Music Industry

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, students admitted to this minor will be expected to be in good academic standing with the University and maintain that standing. The minor is not available to Music Industry majors.

Minor in Music Production

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, admission is based on successful completion of MUSC 255: Songwriting I. Generally, students who earn a B or better in this course and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher are admitted. Students admitted to this minor will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with no grade lower than a “C” for all courses taken in the minor.

Minor in Music Recording

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, acceptance into the program requires successful completion of MTEC 277x: Introduction to Music Technology to assure that the student has sufficient musical background and skill.Generally, students who earn a B or better in this course and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher are admitted.

Minor in Musical Studies

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required of applicants to this program.

  • Classical Piano: Three contrasting pieces including at least two different style periods are required for the audition. All three pieces must be memorized.
    • For students applying for Spring 2017, the classical piano minor auditions will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 (morning).
    • For students applying for Fall 2017, the classical piano minor auditions will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 (morning).
  • Classical Voice: Two selections from the standard repertoire of their primary instrument or voice should be prepared for the audition.
    • For students applying for Spring 2017, the classical voice minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (evening).
    • For students applying for Fall 2017, the classical voice minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (evening).
  • All other instruments: Two selections from the standard repertoire of their primary instrument should be prepared for the audition.

To schedule an audition or for further information, contact the appropriate music department (e.g. pianists contact the department of keyboard studies, flutists contact the department of winds and percussion, etc.). The minor is not available to music majors.

Minor in Musical Theatre

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required of applicants to this program. Two selections from the standard musical theatre repertoire should be prepared for the audition. One selection should be a ballad and the other a more up-tempo piece.

  • For students applying for Spring 2017, the Musical Theatre minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (evening).
  • For students applying for Fall 2017, the Musical Theatre minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (evening).

To schedule an audition or for further information, contact the department of vocal arts at (213) 740-7704. An audition in theatre is not required. The minor is open to all majors.

Minor in Popular Music Studies

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, students must be in good academic standing to be admitted to this minor. No previous musical experience is required.

Minor in Songwriting

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, admission to this minor requires enrollment in MUSC-255 (Songwriting I) and an evaluation by the songwriting faculty.