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Music Minor Returning in Fall 2018

Submitted on November 17, 2017

The Department of Music is excited to announce re-establishment of a music minor for Georgetown College undergraduates beginning in the fall of 2018. The much sought-after minor in music allows students majoring in any field to explore the theory, history, and practice of music. Basic instruction will be provided in several key areas and will include ensemble performance and private study. Electives will include an interesting array of popular music options: country, rock, film, and public school, for example.

“The music minor will enhance any GC major,” commented Dr. Sonny Burnette, Chair of the Department of Music. “It demonstrates breadth of preparation and can open doors in just about any field, whether a student is considering graduate school or a move directly into the workforce after graduation.”

A total of 18 hours of study must be completed for the music minor. CORE requirements (8 hours) include courses in music theory, music history and styles, and conducting. APPLIED/ENSEMBLES requirements (8 hours) include two semesters of applied, two semesters of ensembles, one semester of PLUS Ensembles, and liberal arts piano. Ensembles include pep and symphonic band and chorale. Electives (10 hours) include options from such captivating class titles as “Tunes for Twangers – A History of Country Music,” “History of Rock Music,” and “Film Music – From Psycho to Star Wars and more.” Elementary education majors might also explore “Public School Music.”

“The music minor will provide skills that students can use for the rest of their lives, regardless of age,” added Dr. Burnette.

Whether it’s playing an instrument or singing, exploring pop, classical, or everything in between, the Department of Music provides opportunities for students to continue their love for the art form while pursuing a degree from among a broad spectrum of over 50 majors and minors.

“Music is key to the liberal arts, and I am so pleased that our students will once again be able to pursue that academic interest,” said Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost. “This minor will provide an excellent opportunity for students to enrich their college experience through the musical arts.”

The Office of Admission will happily explain all and answer any questions. Email or call 502-863-8009 or 800-788-9985.

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