School of Fine and Performing Arts

Minor in Music

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Why Choose Music?

You can harness the power of music and its ability to express and communicate while studying music at Wright State. You will develop knowledge, technical skill, and the use of technology in our multifaceted curriculum. After graduation, pursue a career as a performer, composer, arranger, teacher, cultural administrator, or community leader. Graduates of Wright State’s music programs have proven successful in all of these fields. Choose a Bachelor of Arts program, add a minor to your current major, or continue on to graduate work and earn your Master of Music in music education or performance.


Our graduates work as and are employed by:

  • Music teacher – Mad River Local Schools
  • Worship and music leader – New Life United Methodist Church
  • Director of bands and choir – Kansas City Schools
  • Singer/dancer – Carnival Cruise Line
  • Voice teacher – Piano Preparatory School

The Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) helps you complete your degree and achieve success after college. CLASS offers the following workforce development services:

  • Personalized and professional career advising
  • Liberal arts student career success series
  • Experiential education/Internships
  • Career-related programs and events
  • Liberal arts liaison for all Wright State career resources and services

Academics and Curriculum

Each Minor in Music student is required to participate in at least one university ensemble related to the student's applied music concentration during each semester in which the student is enrolled full time. Assignment to an ensemble is made by the director of bands, director of choral studies, or director of orchestral studies; the appropriate ensemble director; and the student's full-time applied instructor. When the student's applied instructor is not a full-time faculty member, approval must be given by the chair of the student's applied board. To be eligible for the Minor in Music, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the performing medium and a 2.0 in all other required music courses.

View the Minor in Music program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.


The school offers minors in the following areas of performance: bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, euphonium or baritone horn, flute, harp, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, string bass, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice. With school permission, students may minor in fields other than those listed. Students must study continuously in their chosen disciplines until they meet all graduation requirements, including the satisfactory public performance of specified recitals during the junior and senior years.


The path to becoming a music minor is different than for other majors. The information below will guide you through the process of becoming a School of Fine and Performing Arts student. This process is necessary for all students who apply to the School of Fine and Performing Arts regardless of your desired degree program.

  1. To be a student of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State University. Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application.
  2. Apply to the Music Program. To apply to the program, fill out and submit the undergraduate application.
  3. Prepare for your audition. Review the audition requirements for your instrument and detailed information about your audition day.


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