Undergraduate Minor in World Music

Students pursuing a major outside of music are invited to add a music minor to their studies. The School of Music offers two minors: the World Music minor described here, and a traditional Music minor that requires an entrance audition and includes one-on-one lessons on a primary instrument.

World Music Minor

The World Music minor is designed to meet the needs of University of Minnesota students who may not already have training in reading music, but who nonetheless feel music's power, love to play, and want to deepen their understanding. No background in music is required. No audition is required.

The minor in World Music is organized around hands-on experience with Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian popular music, West African Drumming, Javanese Gamelan, Indian Raga Music, Jazz, and more. It combines experiential immersion with scholarly study, with the aim of creating a vibrant and diverse cohort of students learning, studying, and playing a wide range of music together. 

The minor in World Music requires one foundational course on the music of the world, four elective courses on music history, theory, philosophy, or culture, and five ensemble courses.

Students interested in the minor should contact the School of Music and can read the feature story by a student writer at Backpack, the student-led agency of the College of Liberal Arts.