The Setnor School of Music offers four undergraduate minors.

All of the programs are open to Syracuse University students from any degree program with the exception of music performance and private music study, which are not open to Setnor music majors. Select a minor from below to learn more.

Jazz Studies
Music Industry
Music Performance
Private Music Study

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Jazz Studies

The minor in jazz studies is designed for students from any Syracuse University degree program, including music majors, who want to develop and improve their knowledge and skills in instrumental or vocal jazz.

This 18-credit program draws from the entire array of the jazz offerings in the Setnor School of Music including jazz performing ensembles, jazz history, jazz arranging and theory, jazz applied lessons, and jazz education.

Admission requirements and curriculum for the jazz studies minor.


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Music Industry

The 18-credit minor in music industry is designed for students from any Syracuse University degree program, including music majors, who wish to learn about the creative, business, and legal aspects of the music industry.

Admission Requirements

To enroll in the music industry minor, students must apply to the coordinator of the music industry program. The minor program is highly competitive with limited number of spaces. In order to be considered for acceptance, students must apply, interview and possess a 3.3 GPA or better. Application is encouraged before the beginning of sophomore year and is required before the beginning of junior year. The application process opens September 15 and closes March 31 during each academic year. Core curriculum music industry courses are restricted to majors and declared minors.

Full requirements for the music industry minor.


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Music Performance

The minor in music performance is designed for students from any Syracuse University degree program on campus, except those in the Setnor School of Music, who want to perform in ensembles and improve their musical knowledge and skills.

This 18-credit program draws from the entire array of the Setnor School of Music’s ensemble offerings, running the gamut from such ensembles as the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Brazilian Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and many more.

By completion of the minor, students will have had opportunities to perform in a varied assortment of ensembles, helping them to be capable of continued music making throughout their adult lives.

Admission requirements and curriculum for the music performance minor.


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Private Music Study

The 18-credit minor in private music study is designed for students from any Syracuse University degree program, except those in the Setnor School of Music, who want to study music privately on guitar, drum set, piano, or organ. Students who perform other instruments may petition to be accepted into the minor.

Admission requirements and curriculum for the private music study minor.