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Music Minor

Nurture your passion for music while pursuing other areas of study with a Music minor from the University of Central Missouri. You’ll study with world-renowned Music faculty in state-of-the-art facilities to develop your skills as a musician. Advance your skills in choral, concert or jazz music, and get an introduction to commercial music or music technology if desired. You will also find a Music minor pairs well with undergraduate degrees such as Business or Theatre, preparing you for careers including performance artist, theater manager or music agent.

Whether you excelled in music during high school or you’re just finding your sound, UCM’s Music minor gives you access to expert musicians — scholars, instrumentalists, vocalists and music technologists — and a variety of performance opportunities.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our music facilities house two performance halls, recently upgraded practice areas and our impressive collection of professional-grade instruments:

  • All of our pianos are made by Steinway
  • Expansive percussion instrumentation
  • UCM is a Conn-Selmer school, with a large collection of high-quality instruments
  • Access to the same audio production tools used by professional studios in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Chicago

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NASM-accredited since 1947

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Private lessons with faculty musicians

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10:1 program student-to-faculty ratio

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Missouri’s first all-Steinway school

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100+ recitals and concerts each year

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Internationally renowned faculty


What you will study

As a Music minor at UCM, you’ll have access to the same faculty, facilities and quality coursework as Music majors. You’ll develop your music knowledge alongside other Music students in classes such as:

  • Music History 
  • Music Theory
  • Aural Training
  • Electives in Music

Following an audition, you’ll also hone your skills by taking private performance lessons in voice and any instrument we offer — even laptop performance — and participating in ensembles. Grow your appreciation for different types of music styles by attending on-campus recitals and concerts.

Two electives will round out your minor coursework. Choose from a wide variety of courses that include Fundamentals of Music Technology, Jazz-Rock Combo or Composition. You may instead decide to devote this time to additional private lessons or ensembles.


Excellence in Music

  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1947
  • One of the largest music schools in the state of Missouri, with 19 full-time and 12 adjunct faculty and about 200 Music majors.
  • UCM owns the Essig Instrument Collection, one of the country's larger collections of historical instruments. Artifacts are displayed in the Utt Music Building.
  • First University in Missouri to be designated an All-Steinway School — a designation held by only 150 institutions in the world. We are also a Conn-Selmer school, with a large collection of high-quality instruments from the premier company.
  • Top 15%: Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 8%: Most Popular Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Focused College for General Music (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in music

Explore the world of music with our impressive collection of instruments and professional standard facilities. One-on-one lessons with faculty will help you excel in your chosen instrument, while ensembles and community bands let you explore different styles and develop your teamwork and collaboration skills:

  • Private lessons: All Music students meet with faculty regularly for private music lessons. You’ll learn from world-renowned musicians to develop your musical abilities while benefiting from their years of experience and expertise and building your discipline.
  • Performance opportunities: Participate in one of our many ensembles with both Music majors and non-majors. We have groups for all kinds of performers, including marching band, jazz band, quartets, concert bands and much more. If you seek opportunities to perform outside UCM, you’ll find plenty of teaching experiences and performance groups in Warrensburg or nearby Kansas City.
  • Community music program: Get involved in our community music program, which offers lessons for community members in instruments such as guitar and piano. Help others enhance their passion for music while developing skills such as leadership and communication.


What can you do with a minor in Music from UCM?

Students minor in Music for a variety of reasons. Some want to continue their music studies to hone their skills and pursue a hobby, while others pair their music studies with their major for a specialized degree. No matter why you choose to minor in Music at UCM, the skills you learn — including teamwork, persistence and self-motivation — can be applied to a variety of careers and job settings.

Explore possible careers with a minor in Music

Your Music minor may be for pleasure or to prepare for a specific career in the music industry. Use the tool below to explore job possibilities, salary potential and other career data.




Financial assistance options for your minor in Music

UCM makes it easier to finance your education. In addition to our already low tuition, we offer financial assistance, including scholarships and grants, to make your education even more affordable. 

As a Music minor, you’re also eligible for funding through UCM Music. We offer a variety of scholarships and awards:

  • Music Merit Scholarships
  • Alumni Foundation Scholarships
  • Service Awards

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.




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