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Minors and Non-Music Majors

The Department of Music at The College of New Jersey welcomes students from all majors who wish to participate in our various programs, ensembles, and courses.

Students are encouraged to start the music minor in the second semester of their freshman year or no later than the first semester of their second year. Each semester students must consult with their Department of Music advisor in the selection of the courses, leading to an individualized minor in music.

Application for Minor or Course of Study

Minor in Music Studies

The Department of Music offers a Minor in Music Studies and no audition is required. Requirements include proficiency at reading Western musical notation, select core courses for music majors, and liberal learning courses in music. A comprehensive list of requirements and course options can be found in the bulletin.


Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru

Associate Professor of Music

Minor in Theater

TCNJ’s Theater Minor is recommended for students who want a strong, general education in theater alongside their major in any department of program. Students choose a path of study depending on their own desire to explore the disciplines of performance, dramatic literature, and production/design. Completion of the Theater Minor requires a 5-unit sequence of courses designed to provide students with balanced and diverse theatre experiences. A comprehensive list of requirements and course options can be found in the bulletin.


Dr. Nicholas McBride

Associate Professor of Music

Minor in Technology

The Music Technology Minor was launched in Summer 2020. This exciting interdisciplinary program encompasses interrelated practices for creating, recording, producing, coding, and studying music through the use of new media and technology. In order to complete the Minor, students must take five courses offered across the Departments of Interactive Multimedia, Music, and Communication Studies. A comprehensive list of requirements and course options can be found in the bulletin.


Dr. Teresa Nakra
Professor of Interactive Multimedia & Music



All performing ensembles at the College are open to all students, though some of our select ensembles require an audition. Ensembles hold auditions at the beginning of each semester.

Ensembles and Audition Information

Private Studio Lessons

An audition is required for applied lessons, beginning at the intermediate level. Generally, lessons for beginners are not offered.

Students should first contact the studio teacher of their primary instrument.  Private studio lessons for non-majors carry a fee of $500 per semester at the 200-level and $1,000 per semester at the 300-level. Scholarships for non-major private studio lessons might be considered, depending on departmental need.