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Music—Minor

Minor Where You'll Learn It All

Classical, jazz, pep, and pop: to those who say Michigan Tech isn’t a musically oriented school, we say take another look. We may not offer a bachelor’s degree, but our Music minor (FAMU) is one of the most in-depth and hands-on programs of its kind. You’ll learn it all—theory, appreciation, history, and performance—while you develop your musical abilities and take your talents to the next level.

  • Music minors choose from three concentrations: general music, which provides knowledge of theory, history, and performance in a wide variety of genres; music technology, which allows you to work with MIDI instruments, cutting-edge notation and sequencing software, and recording and sound reinforcement technology; and jazz idiom, which covers the historical and social relevance of jazz and provides performance techniques in jazz improvisation and jazz arranging. 

  • Try out for any of Michigan Tech’s accomplished musical groups: Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Superior Wind Symphony, Jazz Lab Band, Concert Choir, or our crowd-rousing Pep Band (go Huskies!). 

  • Join Mu Beta Psi, the national honorary musical fraternity—meet other creative students, make great music with one another, give back to the community by offering music classes, and more.

Concentrations

General Music

The general music concentrations add breadth to the students’ university experience and provides the student with in-depth experiences and understanding in music. Through studies in theory, appreciation, history, and performance, students will develop their musical abilities and will receive a foundation for music as a serious avocation.

Students who complete a minor in general music will demonstrate a basic competency in music theory and history and a broad-based knowledge of various genres.

Music Technology

Students who complete a concentration in music technology will gain a basic competency in music theory and history, and experience working with MIDI instruments, notation and sequencing software, and recording and sound reinforcement technology.

Jazz Idiom

The Jazz Studies Program is one of the oldest in the Midwest, having been in existence since the Fall of 1967. Continuing the strong traditions and standards of excellence developed by Donald Keranen, the jazz groups of Michigan Tech regularly are chosen as outstanding groups at renowned Midwest Jazz festivals. To support the Jazz Studies Program, students make full use of the Donald P. Keranen Music Instruction Center housed in the 2nd floor of the Rozsa Center. Students who complete a concentration in jazz idiom will develop competency in music theory, an awareness of the historical, social, and musical relevance of jazz, and will attain performance fluency in both jazz improvisation and jazz arranging.

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