The music minor is designed for students who wish to supplement their academic major by pursuing the study of music at an in-depth level.
What is music?
Music is for the ears. Like visual art that organizes colors and shapes into an integrated whole, music organizes sounds and silence into a coherent grouping to express ideas, emotions, or simply elicit an emotional response.
Where is music used?
Music is everywhere. Besides the obvious compact disc and iPods, music is heard on the radio and television, in movies, and even in elevators. Music is performed in a variety of venues from concert halls to small clubs. Music is taught in schools, used in business, and is a therapy in hospitals and nursing homes. It provides recreation for millions of people who play instruments and participate in community bands, choruses, and orchestras.
What programs are available at Shippensburg University?
The Department of Music/Theatre Arts offers a minor in music. In addition to this program, numerous courses and performing ensembles are available to all university students.
What kind of career choices can I expect?
A minor in music complements any major at Shippensburg University. This second area of scholarship can help make education majors especially more attractive in the job market. It is also vital for business majors who are interested in pursuing careers in the music industry, such as music publishing, artist management, concert promotions, and recording.
What kinds of courses will I take?
Music minors take a minimum of 18 semester hours in music along with their major course work. The curriculum includes courses in theory and music history/literature as well as participation in performing ensembles.
Does the computer play a role?
Computers are a vital part of contemporary music and music education. Students in the minor program use computers in music theory, history/literature, and research.
What performing ensembles are there?
The music department offers ensembles for every interest. There are choirs, bands, chamber ensembles, and a university-community orchestra. In addition, the department sponsors Pi Nu Epsilon, a national honorary fraternity for students who are interested in music.
Why study music at Shippensburg University?
Music minors are active members of the department, their ensembles, and the campus community. They are stimulated by high performance standards and ample performance opportunities. Participation in ensembles enriches the university experience and broadens horizons. Finally, the small classes and close interaction with caring faculty members make a music minor at Shippensburg very attractive.