Minor In Music

A music minor is a great option for a student who is passionate about music, performance or conducting, but who chooses to major in another field. Our program aims to broaden, as well as deepen, students' understanding of the art of music and offers a good deal of flexibility, as outlined in the requirements below. In addition, many students at Duke have a serious interest in music and participate in our undergraduate ensembles, studio and classroom instruction, without pursuing either a major or minor.

Requirements for students entering Fall 2018 or later

A minimum of 5.5 course credits are required for the Minor.


NOTE: MUSIC 161: Introduction to Music Theory, if taken first, may count as an elective toward the Minor.

One course in Music History, chosen from

Two semesters in Performance, chosen from

  • MUSIC 101-108, 203-213 (excluding 210-3): classical or jazz piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, cello, string bass, classical or jazz guitar, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, djembe, voice, and some ensembles
  • MUS 318 [Instrumental Conducting], ​​​​​​​MUS 319 [Choral Conducting], MUS 418 [Advanced Study in Conducting]
  • MUS 401 [Advanced Study in Musical Performance]

Three additional courses, two of them above MUS 213, chosen from


Requirements for students entering prior to Fall 2018

A minor in music allows a student to gain a basic introduction in several areas of music and pursue more advanced work in one or more of those areas. It consists of 6 total course credits, of which at least three must be at the 100 level or above.

Waiver of Music Minor Requirements

A request for waiver of any requirement for the music major or the music minor, together with supporting documentation where appropriate, should be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).

After reviewing the request, the DUS may decide that the student needs to take a departmental examination in the area before a final decision can be made. Waived courses earn no credit towards the 34-course graduation requirement, nor will grades for them appear on your transcript.)