Undergraduate Division


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 non-majors 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 https://music.indiana.edu/degrees-programs/non-majors/minor-music-app.html 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 https://music.indiana.edu/degrees-programs/non-majors/index.html.

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. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course to be counted toward 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.), Z211 Music Theory II (3 cr.), or more advanced music theory courses may be substituted for students who qualify.

Ensemble/Live Performance

2-3 credit hours

  • Ensemble (1-2 cr.): X1 All-Campus Ensemble (1 cr.) or AAAD-A110 African American Choral Ensemble (2 cr.); or by audition, X30 Ballet Ensemble (2 cr.), X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.), X50 Marching Hundred for Non-Music Majors (2 cr.), X60 Historical Performance Ensembles (2 cr.), X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.), or AAAD-A120 Soul Revue (2 cr.)
  • Z100 The Live Musical Performance (2 cr.)
  • Z130 Musical Performance Contexts (3 cr.)
  • Z161 Steel Drumming (2 cr.)
  • Z162 Hand Drumming (2 cr.)
Music Electives

12 credit hours

Must be chosen from MUS-Z courses or, in the case of music performance study, a maximum of 3 credit hours may be selected from the following:

  • L101 Beginning Guitar Class (2 cr.)
  • L102 Intermediate Guitar Class (2 cr.)
  • L121 Beginning Guitar Class and Styles (3 cr.)
  • L122 Intermediate Guitar Class and Styles (3 cr.)
  • P110 Beginning Piano Class 1, Non-Music Majors (3 cr.)
  • P120 Beginning Piano Class 2, Non-Music Majors (3 cr.)
  • Z110 Non-Music Major Performance Elective (2 cr.)

Substitutions for courses with a Z prefix must be approved by both the director of music undergraduate studies and their counterpart in the student’s home school. Music ensemble credit hours will not count toward the 12 credit hours of music electives. At least 9 of the 12 music elective credit hours must be at the 300 level or higher. For a list of MUS-Z courses offered in a given semester, see https://blogs.iu.edu/jsommgs.

Minor in Music Scoring for Visual Media for Media School Students

15 credit hours

This minor is open to students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Media, the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and the Bachelor of Science in Game Design.

Prerequisites (6 cr.)

  • MUS Z111 Introduction to Music Theory (3 cr.) and MUS Z211 Music Theory II (3 cr.); or MUS T109 Rudiments of Music I (3 cr.) and MUS T151 Music Theory and Literature (3 cr.)

Required Courses: (10-15 cr.)

  • MUS A100 Introduction to Personal Recording (3 cr.) or MUS Z361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music (3 cr.)
  • MSCH P455 Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media (6-9 cr.)
  • MSCH X490 Independent Project in Scoring for Visual Media (1-6 cr.) or MSCH X370 Community and Media (3 cr.)

Electives to be chosen from the following courses: (0-5 cr.)

  • MUS A100 (if not taken as Required Course) (3 cr.)
  • MUS K100 Composition (3 cr.)
  • MUS K403 Electronic Studio Resources I (3 cr.)
  • MUS K404 Electronic Studio Resources II (3 cr.)
  • MUS K455 Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media (1-3 cr.)
  • MUS O316 Jazz Arranging I (2 cr.)
  • MUS O317 Jazz Arranging II (2 cr.)
  • MUS Z315 Music for Film (3 cr.)
  • MUS Z361 (if not taken as Required Course) (3 cr.)

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