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The Music Minor equips students for music occupations within the context of a Christian worldview by encouraging them to formulate a philosophy of music and worship, promoting the development of musical and spiritual gifts, and providing opportunities for music performance and leadership. The Music Minor program is designed for students who desire to develop their musical gifts for personal enrichment and/or service in the local church.


Students who successfully complete the Music Minor should be able to:
1. Display maturity, cultural sensitivity, and integrity relating to a variety of musical experiences in the church and entertainment sectors.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in vocal and/or instrumental skills in a public setting.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of music theory, aural theory, music history, and literature.

Prerequisites for the Minor

Students planning to minor in music should have an adequate background in high school music study (choir, band, private lessons), or its equivalent, before enrolling in the music program. At Crossroads, students are encouraged to begin their music studies as early as possible by enrolling in the music core program during the freshman year.

Music Theory Placement Test

Students entering the music program must complete a placement examination in music theory and aural skills. Students who score 85% or better on this exam are excused from MUS 1101 Music Theory I. Transfer students must take the Music Theory Placement Test to determine if credits earned at other institutions are equivalent to those awarded by Crossroads College.

Applied Lessons and Recitals

Music minors must accumulate at least 4 applied music credits (piano, voice, instrument, or composition). Music minors are encouraged to participate in a student rectial each semester of applied music studies. 

Ensemble Participation

Music minors must participate in 4 consecutive semesters of ensembles. Music ensembles for credit consist of Crossroads Chorale, Adoration Vocal Ensemble, and Worship Bands. Participation in all ensembles is by audition only.

Required Courses


Music (12 hours)

MUS 1101 Music Theory I (2)
MUS 1102 Music Theory II (3)
MUS 1111 Ear Training/Sight Singing I (1)
MUS 1112 Ear Training/Sight Singing II (1)
MUS 2501 Music History and Literature I (3) [counted as part of Gen St core in lieu of HUM 2200 Literature & Western Culture]
MUS 3100 Music Technology (2)
MUS 3600 Basic Conducting (2)
Choose 1 hour of MUS elective, with the exception of additional ensemble credits.

Performance (8 hours)

Choose 4 hours of applied music electives in the student’s chosen applied emphasis.
Choose 4 semesters of ensemble electives.

Total Minor: 20 semester hours


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