Undergraduate Program Music Minor

Students playing music at Smith Student Union

Music Minor Overview

Want to hone your craft in a vibrant music school just steps away from the Oregon Symphony? PSU offers world-class instruction to aspiring performing artists. An undergraduate music performance degree from PSU School of Music & Theater will embolden you to become a more confident performer and take a chance on your professional goals.

The Minor in Music: Performance provides a thorough music foundation with specialized coursework in classical instrumental performance, keyboard skills, music theory, and pedagogy. You’ll participate in immersive performance experiences in large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and solo recital performances.

Prospective music minors must apply to PSU and submit a secondary application to the School of Music & Theater. Learn more about the application process.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
  • m
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Fall, Winter, Spring

Music Minor: Why PSU?

We are proud to be a national College of Distinction for our commitment to helping students to succeed. At PSU, you will gain the experience and knowledge you need to make a difference in your career and community.

What can I do with a minor in Music?

Most of our alumni go on to grad school or combine a career as a freelance musician with teaching. Others pursue related careers: arts administrator, arranger, producer, and composer.

Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cleveland Institute. Some are performing with Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, Portland Opera, and Vancouver Symphony. Others hold administrative and educational positions at Kennedy Center, Portland Ballet, All Classical Radio, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Bravo Youth Orchestras.

Featured Courses

  • MUS 103 Contemporary Music Theory III
  • MUS 195 Band
  • MUS 197 Choir
  • MUS 203 Music in the Western World

Featured Electives

  • MUS 364 The Music of the Beatles
  • MUS 365 Film Music
  • MUS 369 Music & Social Change


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

PSU's Music programs are fully accredited National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and holds the All-Steinway School designation.