Minors in Music

The Music Minor

The music minor requires only 15 credit hours in music. This can be an excellent way for students in other majors to pursue their passion for music and continue their involvement from high school during their undergraduate experience. Music minors may choose to participate in ensembles, take music history and theory courses, and study music technology.

Music Minor Curriculum Sheet [pdf] (rev. 5/16/16)

For questions related to the minor in music, please contact Arts Advising at (614) 292-6961.

The Music, Media, and Enterprise Minor

The Music, Media, and Enterprise Minor program at the Ohio State University reframes the study of Recording Studiomusic to incorporate a broader and more complex understanding of music in media, commerce, and culture. The interdisciplinary curriculum critically examines musical creation and reception in the context of evolving technologies and as a form of commercial, social, and cultural enterprise. Students will leave the program better prepared to explore opportunities in creative entrepreneurship, graduate research, and professional school.

This not a vocational music business program and, as such, does not teach "music industry" rules that are no longer viable. MME courses focus on relevance to the economic, social, cultural, and technological factors that shape musical experience in the 21st century. Through the study of theoretical concepts drawn from business, cultural studies, economics and the social/behavioral sciences, students will dig deeply into the many forms of value generated by music across media and society.

From an applied perspective, detailed case studies of success (and failure) in musical enterprises of all kinds, provide MME students the opportunity to learn how to describe and analyze historical events in order to first predict and then control outcomes in contemporary and emerging musical endeavors. Taken together, the courses provide a breadth of understanding drawn from several different disciplines and encourage critical thinking and advanced verbal and written communication skills.

Courses focusing on culture, economics, and business have become available. Classes in audio recording and production began winter 2010. The minor (22 credit hours, minimum) is open to students in any major seeking to add value to their primary field of study. Information about the program is available from College of Arts and Sciences advisors. Those wishing detailed information should contact the director of the MME program, Dr. David Bruenger and/or the Audio Engineering program coordinator, Mark Rubinstein

Music, Media, and Enterprise Minor [pdf] (rev. 3/3/15)

The Music, Media, and Enterprise program is funded by an Ohio State University Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE) grant and is one of only 10 TIE grants funded university-wide in late 2006. It is one of the very few programs of its kind in the country. Current MME program partnerships include: WOSU Public Media, Wexner Center for the Arts, Fisher College of Business and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. New relationships are constantly under development.

"I'm genuinely excited about this program," states Dr. David Bruenger, MME program director. "Ohio State is the perfect place for this enterprise. The university is a striking mix of deep tradition combined with a hunger for innovation. That's a great combination."

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