Minor in Music

Undergraduate students pursuing a major outside of music are invited to add a minor in music to their studies without passing an audition.

For students who do not major or minor in music but want to participate in musical activities on campus, our many ensembles are open to all CWRU students (regardless of major), and we offer music lessons through the Joint Music Program with faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

View this page for Recommend Music Courses for Music Minors or Non-Majors.


The minor in music does not require an entrance audition. However, all 1st-year students applying for music scholarships must submit a Music Arts Supplement with the CWRU application. More information about the undergraduate admission and audition process is provided on the Undergraduate Application Procedures webpage.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Program Requirements

The minor in music requires 15 credit units: 6 units in music theory (MUTH), 6 units in music history or appreciation (MUHI or MUGN), and 3 units, which may include applied music lessons (MUAP) or music ensembles (MUEN). A maximum of 3 approved transfer course credit units may be applied toward music minors requirements. 

For questions regarding eligible course substitutions, please contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music.  

Find detailed program requirements, course distribution, and a sample plan of study in the General Bulletin

Music Handbook and Advising

Current music minors and non-majors should review departmental policies and procedures on the Resources for Current Music Minors or Non-Majors webpage.