The Techniques of Music minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts. This minor is available to all undergraduate students, with the exception of students in the BM degrees in Composition, Conducting and Theory.
This minor provides an in-depth course of study in three areas of music: theoretical (theory and analysis), practical (ear training and dictation), and creative (composition and composition-related). Expertise in these fundamental areas can be applied
to various career paths and extracurricular interests such as music performance, teaching, composition, and more.
Students interested in the minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
|Subject Area||Sample Courses||Credits|
|Theory and Analysis*|| CATM 1005–CATM 4206 Theory 1A–Theory 4B|
CATM 3255–CATM 4256 Analysis 1A–Analysis 2B
|Ear Training and Dictation||CATM 1215–CATM 4216 Ear Training 1A–4B |
CATM 1225–CATM 4226 Dictation 1A–4B
|Keyboard||CATM 1135–CATM 3136 Piano 1A–2B|
CATM 2245–CATM 4246 Keyboard 1A–3B
|Composition||CCMP 2000 Composition for Non-majors|
CCMP 2150 - Fundamentals of Orchestration
CCMP 3155-3156 Orchestration 1 (A/B)
|Electives||CATM 3270 Techniques of Music Since 1900|
CATM 5625–CATM 5626 Dictation 5A–5B
CPBD 4000–CPBD 5090 Pedagogy: Theory, Ear Training, and Dictation, Analysis
Various electives in composition, improvisation, and technology by advisement
*Theory courses serve as introductory or gateway courses and should be taken prior to declaring the minor.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency with the fundamentals of music theory and with harmony and counterpoint through part writing and analysis
- Demonstrate proficiency with ear training and dictation, use fixed-do solfège to sing music in several clefs, conduct and sing melodic and rhythmic patterns of varying difficulty, and transcribe and analyze passages of varying difficulty, ranging
from single voice to four voice
- Apply knowledge and skills of Techniques of Music to compositional and performance-related practice
Students with 14 credits of coursework completed at the 3000 level or above can earn an "Advanced Techniques of Music" minor; appropriate coursework is determined by placement testing and advisement.
The Techniques of Music minor is available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though requires an application for admission. Coursework in the Techniques of Music is determined by placement exam.
For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact CoPA Academics, [email protected]
How to Declare, Change, or Apply to a Minor
General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare
or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then
clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.
An application is required for admission to this minor. Access the
application form by logging in to my.newschool.edu,
clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor
To start a minor in the fall, submit your application by March 1.
Notification of decision on minor applications happens by April 1.
To start a minor in the spring, submit your
application by October 1. Notification of decision on minor applications happens
by November 1.