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Melody Baughman ('15)- Liberal Studies Major with a Minor in Music


     Adding a minor to your degree is one of the smartest moves you can make during your time in college. Some degrees, like Communication, Bible, English and History, require you to have a minor, while others do not.  Even if your major or degree of pursuit does not require you to have a minor, it can be beneficial to take one on in order to provide yourself with a well-rounded education. As a bonus, you’ll be able to learn more about a subject you’re passionate about and that extra work will be reflected on your transcipts.  

Minor in Music
 The following music classes can be used to construct a Minor in Music:

  • Music Theory:  Depending on your level of knowledge, you will take the class(es) that teaches you the fundamentals of music.
  • ​Applied Lessons:  Dust of that trumpet or clear your throat and take lessons that will bring you to a more professional level.
  • Music History:  Put music into prospective and round out your music education.
  • Major Ensemble: Get degree credit for performing in the group(s) you wanted to be in anyway.
  • Music Electives:  Find some other classes you enjoy.
  • Minimum of 22 hours total

"I knew coming into FC that I wanted to be involved with music while pursuing an ed-ucation in an almost opposite subject matter.  I loved seeing the interaction of those two fields so much, that when I learned I could minor in music, I immediately worked to accomodate it into my 4-year graduation track.  In fact, I now work with those very professors who made such an impact on me.  I'm even looking at taking the remaining courses I would need to get a BA in Music.

-Melody Baughman ('15)
BA Liberal Studies with Minor in Music
Tampa, FL.

Why Should I Minor in Music?

Music Degrees' Best Secret - Private Instruction:
  • Imagine you're between jobs or a stay-at-home-mom wanting to help with the family income.  Does $8.00 an hour working at Starbucks seem appealing?  With the experience and expertise that comes with a minor in music, you can expect at least $40.00 an hour for lessons the moment you graduate, with $50.00 an hour not being uncommon.

Get The Most Out of Your Education:
  • You are already making a significant financial investment in your education, why not get your money's worth?
  • Tap into related fields that will compliment your major, particularly with your career goals in mind
  • Explore your passions
  • With planning, a minor does not have to result in significant more schooling, if any extra schooling at all.

Increase Your Chances Of Employment
  • You become more interesting to future employers.  Many employers look for well-rounded people.  They want someone who has shown a variety of interests and degree pursuits.
  • A minor will boost your regular degree over other candidates and demonstrate that you are willing to go above and beyond.
  • More importantly, it shows potential employers that, when it comes to learning, you are eager to learn as much as you can and are willing to put in the extra effort.
  • A minor allows you to specialize in an area to give you an extra edge so that, when it comes time for your job search, you have added expertise within that area.  Other candidates for the job, with only a major, are at a disadvantage to you.

Build the Foundation for a Second Degree or Double Major
  • If you decide to minor in a subject, your coursework also builds a foundation for potentially gaining a second degree or adding an additional major.  Should you decide you love the subject, you will already have the coursework under your belt to do so.
  • ​Many students intend on minoring in a subject only to discover that they love the subject matter enough to pursue it full-time, in order to gain an additional degree.
  • You become more attractive to graduate schools.  Like future employers, graduate schools want to see a varied and extensive transcript.