Music has long been an important means of entertainment and social commentary both historically and in contemporary society.

From the first flutists playing instruments carved from bone to modern day experimental ensembles programming synthesizers, musicians have known the importance of blending the right notes to create harmony. Students studying music at Emmanuel receive instruction from the basics of music notation to the complexities of creative composition.

Minor Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Minor in Music

  • PERF0314 Individual Lessons: Piano (min. 2 Semesters)
  • PERF1321 The ABCs of Music Notation: Dots, Lines and Squiggles*
  • PERF1301 Song: From the Monks to the Monkees Or
  • PERF1302 Music-Theater through the Age 
  • PERF1304 Musics of the World 
  • PERF2321 Harmony through Creative Composition Or
  • PERF2322 Read and Sing!
  • PERF2323 The Sound Project

* A student may be exempt from taking PERF1321 through demonstration of skills and mastery of knowledge as determined by the course instructor and department chair. In such a case, another course would be decided, in consultation with the department chair, to take its place.

Learning Goals + Outcomes

At the completion of an Individualized Major in Performing Arts degree, the student will:

  • Be able to locate a work within a historical timeline and understand the relationships between that work and the period in which it was created.
  • Be able to effectively engage and analyze a work on multiple structural and technical levels.
  • Be able to recognize important stylistic features associated with major writers, composers, and/or performers, both past and present.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to present a work through appropriate performance and/or production techniques.
  • Acquire skills and techniques that will enable them to independently and/or collaboratively create new works.