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Music Minors

If you’re looking for a truly interdisciplinary education, consider adding a minor in music to your undergraduate experience. The skills you develop as a musician or gain as you deepen your understanding of music’s role in society will prepare you to think critically, lead with confidence and innovate in whatever field you choose.

Music is part of who you are and there’s no reason to give that up when you get to college. Our two music minors let you choose whether to pursue a focused study of your instrument or explore music more broadly:

  • Music Performance Minor
  • Music Studies Minor

Our outstanding faculty will help you get exactly what you want out of your music minor. You’ll also join our passionate community of student-musicians, music scholars and enthusiasts on campus, while building a foundation for lifelong music-making and engagement with the arts.

Being a vocal performance minor has been both a challenging and rewarding experience for me to become a stronger musician and performer.

Rachel Harris, ’22

B.S. Industrial Engineering
Music Minor – Vocal Performance

Admissions Process

Current NC State students can use the self-service Change of Degree Application (CODA) portal to add the music minor to their degree plan. Afterward, a music minor advisor will contact you to discuss your goals and plan of study. Prospective students do not need to declare the minor in advance of their admission to the university.

For students in the music performance minor, admission is through a preliminary audition. Students who have not already auditioned for the appropriate music faculty member (typically an ensemble director), will be contacted about scheduling an audition. Upon recommendation, students are assigned to an applied instructor and enroll in MUS 193. The jury exam at the end of their first semester of MUS 193 determines eligibility for continuation in the performance minor.


Please contact Dr. Kirsten Paige, Music Minors Coordinator, with your questions about the dance minors.

Kirsten Paige

Assistant Teaching Professor, Musicology