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Undergraduate students may pursue a minor course of study in the Business of Music or Musicology. Students may also design a Minor in Liberal Arts with courses taken on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University. All minor study is coordinated by the Office of Academic Affairs in consultation with the student’s major teacher and the department offering the minor.

While students may begin taking coursework for a minor at their discretion, students may complete the paperwork to declare a minor only after successfully playing a 209 jury. Any minor must be declared before the start of a student’s last semester of study. Once the paperwork is completed in the Office of Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean will evaluate the student’s requirements and consult with pertinent faculty members before making a final decision to approve the minor course of study.

Some credits may fulfill multiple requirements. Successful completion of a minor does not appear on a diploma but will appear on a transcript.

To apply for a minor, complete the application form and email or deliver it to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Application for a Minor

Minor in Business of Music

The Business of Music Minor provides students with a familiarity of the structures within the changing music industry. After taking an introductory course, students take a customized curriculum with electives in three study areas: Accounting or Business Studies; Non-Profit/Arts Administration; and Communication/Marketing. Students may choose one additional elective from these study areas or an alternative course approved by the faculty. The electives may be taken at the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), the Carey Business School, or the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Students complete the minor with a capstone project.

Business of Music Minor:

  • Activate: Strategic Career Preparation (Formerly: Business of Music) PY.123.421 (2 cr.)
  • Accounting or Business Elective (3 cr.)
    • Financial Accounting at WSE (EN.660.203)
    • Financial Accounting  at Carey (BU.210.410)
    • Introduction to Business at WSE (EN.660.105)
  • Electives in Non-Profit/Arts Administration (2 cr.)
    • Arts Administration/Orchestral Management (PY.123.415)
  • An Elective in Communication or Marketing (3 cr.)
    • Professional Communication WSE (EN.661.110)
    • Principles of Marketing at WSE (EN.660.250)
  • Career Related Elective (2-3 cr.)
    • Music and Law: Copyright, Contracts, and Business Structures (PY.123.412)
    • Communicating / Web at WSE (EN.661.453)
  • Practicum/Project (1 cr.)
    • (PY.123.499)


Minor in Musicology

The Musicology Minor is designed for students with an interest in music history beyond the core requirements. Students approved for the minor will take two semesters of the Senior Seminar, as well as Music Bibliography and an elective from the graduate offerings at Peabody or the music seminars on the Homewood campus. Students complete the minor with a personally supervised capstone project.

Any credits taken in pursuit of this minor may also be applied as general electives for the BM degree. Some courses may also count as Humanities electives, pending the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Humanities Department faculty. With the exception of Music Bibliography, students who matriculate to the five-year BM/MM program or continue in the MM program may not apply elective courses for the minor to their MM if those courses have already been counted as electives for the BM.

Minor in Musicology: 9 Credits

  • Music Bibliography PY.610.561 (2 cr.)
  • Elective (6 cr.)
    • Peabody Musicology Seminar (PY.610.6xx)
    • KSAS Upper Division Seminar (AS.376.3xx)
  • Musicology Practicum PY.610.4xx (1 cr.)

Minor in Musicology

Minor in Music Theory

The Music Theory Minor cultivates talented undergraduate students through specialized study in music theory.  Students take one advanced skills class and three advanced music theory seminars.  In the last year of study, students will propose a paper topic chosen in consultation with the department chair and the instructor of a seminar in which they are enrolled. Once approved, the students will complete a research paper on their chosen topics as a concurrent enrollment for credit.

Minor in Theory: 12 Credits

  • One Advanced Skills Class (2 cr.)
    • Ear-training 3: Contemporary Music Studies (715.323)
    • Advanced Keyboard Skills for Pianists (715.633 or 634)
  • Three Theory Seminars 710.6xx (9 cr.)
  • Music Theory Minor Capstone* 710.462  (1 cr.)

* One credit of Independent Study is taken as a concurrent enrollment with a seminar to complete the Capstone project.

Minor in Music Theory

Minor in Liberal Arts

Peabody students wishing to earn a BM with a Liberal Arts Minor must complete six courses on the Homewood campus with at least three at the 200 level or higher. At least one of the courses must be a writing-intensive course, with the designation (w) in the Homewood course listing. Introductory language courses and music courses may not be used for the minor.

Given the requirements of this minor and the nature of the coursework, the Liberal Arts Minor essentially subsumes the Humanities requirements of the BM. All students approved for this minor must have their proposed program of study approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Humanities Department Faculty.

Minor in Liberal Arts: 18 credits

Three courses (9 cr.) (One course must be writing-intensive; Excludes introductory language courses)

Three courses at or above the 200 level (9 cr.)

Minor in Liberal Arts