The Jacobs School of Music offers a number of music courses, performance study options, and ensembles especially designed for students majoring in fields other than music. In addition, qualified nonmajors are welcome to participate in music major academic courses, performance courses, or ensembles on a space-available basis. Under certain conditions, credit for these courses is accepted toward degree requirements in other schools and departments. At the time of registration, proper approval must be secured from the chairperson of the student’s major department or the dean of the school, as well as from the director of undergraduate studies in the Jacobs School of Music.

Minor for Students Whose Majors Are Outside the Jacobs School of Music

Applications for minors may be submitted online at http://music.indiana.edu/degrees/undergraduate/minors/nonmajor.shtml once the student's records have moved from University Division to a declared major in a school.

Information about the minor can be found at http://music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/general-studies/.

The minor must include at least 20 credit hours, of which at least 15, including a minimum of one core course, must be taken at the Jacobs School of Music. Any course in which the student receives a grade below C- may not be used to fulfill a requirement on this minor.


6 credit hours

  • Z101 Music for the Listener (3 cr.).
  • Z111 Introduction to Music Theory (3 cr.)

T109 Rudiments of Music (3 cr.), T151 Music Theory and Literature (3 cr.), or more advanced music theory courses may be substituted for students who qualify.

Ensemble/Live Performance

2 credit hours

  • Ensemble [1-2 cr.]; X1 All-Campus Ensemble (1 cr.); or by audition, X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.), X50 Marching Hundred for Non-Music Majors (2 cr.), X60 Early Music Ensembles (2 cr.), X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.), or X30 Ballet Ensemble (2 cr.)
  • Z100 The Live Musical Performance (2 cr.)
  • Z161 Steel Drumming (2 cr.)
  • Z162 Hand Drumming (2 cr.)
Music Electives

12 credit hours

Must be chosen from MUS-Z courses and may include no more than 3 credits of MUS-Z110 (elective performance study). Substitutions for courses with a Z prefix must be approved by both the director of music undergraduate studies and his/her counterpart in the student’s home school. Music ensemble credits will not count toward the 12 credits of music electives. At least 9 of the 12 music electives credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

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Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.