The College of Music offers a 19-credit music minor for students across the CU Boulder campus. Students who wish to declare the music minor must be in good standing with the university with a minimum GPA of 2.00. The music minor is open to all students who have a sincere interest in making music a part of their university education, regardless of prior experience levels or backgrounds.

Students pursuing the music minor are required to complete a basic music theory course and participate in at least one music ensemble. Beyond that, students may choose from a variety of course options focused on creating or making music, as well as appreciating and thinking about music in relation to historical or sociocultural issues. Many elective course options for the music minor have been approved for the Arts & Sciences General Education Requirements.

For questions about the music minor, please send a message to the program advisor at


Students who wish to declare their interest in the music minor must submit the Declaration Form. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for the minor.

Grades in courses applied to the music minor must be a C- or higher. To start planning for the minor, students are encouraged to view the degree checklist.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
MUEL 1081Basic Music Theory 13
EMUS 1XX7 or EMUS 3XX7Music Ensemble1
Creating Music6
EMUS 1XX7 or 3XX7
Music Ensembles (1), up to three semesters
Piano Class 1
Piano Class II
Guitar Class
Voice Class
Voice Class (II)
Making Electronic Music
Introduction to Songwriting Techniques
Introduction to Music Technology
Intro to Audio Recording
Prepared for the Soundcheck
Basic Composition
Topics in Music Technology
Thinking Music6
Appreciation of Music
Wild West Soundscapes
Music in American Culture
World Musics: Asia and Oceania
World Music: Africa, Europe, and the Americas
Music in the Rock Era
American Film Musical
Heavy Metal
History of Jazz
Words and Music
Music in Literature
Music and Global Health
Music and Violence
Music and Space
African Music
African Am Music: Fr Spirituals and the Blues to Rap/Hip Hop Soul
Music in Jewish Culture
Creating or Thinking Music3
Total Credit Hours19