Music for Non-Majors


We offer three types of musical experiences for non-music majors:

  • Ensembles
  • Courses designed for non-majors
  • Private lessons

Ensembles

Non-music majors are encouraged to join any of the major ensembles!

  • MUS 181 Concert Choir (M/W 4-5:50pm)
  • MUS 183 Concert Band (Winter semester only) (M/W 4-5:50pm)
  • MUS 184 Cardinal Marching Band (Fall semester only) (M/W 4-5:50pm)
  • MUS 185 Jazz Ensemble (auditioned: contact Prof. Jeff Hall, jwh@svsu.edu to schedule an audition) (T/R 4:30-6:20pm)
  • MUS 189 Cardinal Singers (auditioned: contact Prof. Kevin Simons, kmsimons@svsu.edu to audition) (T/R 2-4pm)

If you are interested in any of the small ensembles (ex. Percussion Ensemble), contact the music department for more information, music@svsu.edu


Courses Designed for Non-Majors

General education courses:

We currently offer five courses that fulfill the General Education requirement for Category 2, one of which also fulfills the Communication Intensive (CI) requirement:

  • MUS 117A Classical Music
  • MUS 117B Non-Western Music (CI)
  • MUS 117C Music in the United States
  • MUS 117D The Piano
  • MUS 117E Elements of Music

Other courses:

  • MUS 102 Beginning Voice Class (Winter semester only)

Check the catalogue for the semester you are interested in to see when each course is offered.


Private Lessons

You can sign up for private lessons on many instruments and voice, providing the instructors have space after the music majors have signed up. You will have one 50-minute lesson per week for the semester; required practice time will vary depending on the instrument and your instructor's judgment. You are welcome to use the practice rooms in the Arbury Fine Arts Building.

Registering for lessons takes place in person only. Contact the Music Office for scheduling and registration forms (music@svsu.edu; 989-964-4159). Lessons earn one credit per semester; there is an extra fee of $130 (March 2013).