Minor and Clusters

The Arthur Satz Department of Music offers a minor and seven clusters in music.

Music Minor

The music minor is 28 credits.

Required Courses

MUSC 111: Music Theory I

MUSC 112: Music Theory II

MUSC 134: Introduction to Music History: Style and Genre

The remaining 16 credits are to be chosen from among MUSC courses numbered 104, 109, 113, or higher, and/or Eastman School of Music courses numbered 200 or higher. No more than eight credits can be from studio instruction, class lessons or ensembles combined.


The department offers ten different music clusters, all of which are in the humanities division.

Introduction to Classical Music (H1MUR013)

This cluster explores Western art and music from a variety of perspectives, including music theory, history, and criticism. Students should place themselves in the appropriate level of theory class using the information on the music theory placement page and the results of the placement test.

Music Theory (H1MUR001)

Students in this cluster will learn about the grammar and syntax of Western music, including notation, harmony, counterpoint, and some composition.

Music, Culture, and Understanding (H1MUR018)

This cluster provides an introduction to music as a window on cognition and culture. Students learn fundamentals of music reading and structure, then use this knowledge to explore how music is perceived and remembered, and about the role it plays in one or more cultural groups.

Musical Styles and Ideas (H1MUR016)

This cluster covers a diverse array of repertories and approaches to the musical experience.

Popular Music (H1MUR014)

Students in this cluster will explore various styles and forms of popular music in Western culture.

The Performing Musician (H1MUR011)

This cluster takes a hands-on approach to the experience of music.

World Music (H1MUR017)

This cluster is an introduction to non-Western music.