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World Music Minor

The Minor in World Music is intended for students with a musical interest outside of Western art music. The required courses focus on the relationship between music and culture and support WVU’s vision of diversity and the advancement of international activity and global engagement. Students may participate in the School of Music’s World Music ensembles, including steel drums, African music and dance, Balinese and Javanese gamelans, Japanese Taiko drums, and more. Optional study abroad programs include a summer music program in Ghana and an exchange program with universities in Brazil.


Required Courses – 6 hours

  • MUSC 116-Music in World Cultures-3 hours
  • MUSC 477-Music of Africa-3 hours
Music Ensembles and/or Chamber-6 hours (May be repeated for additional credit)
  • MUSC 354-Gamelan-1 hour
  • MUSC 355-Steel Band-1 hour
  • MUSC 356-African Music and Dance Ensemble-1 hour
  • MUSC 357-Brazilian Ensemble-1 hour
  • MUSC 358-Chamber Music: Ethnic-1 hour
  • MUSC 359-Taiko Ensemble – 1 hour

Music Electives – 6 hours from the following courses:

  • MUSC 110-Fundamentals of Music-3 hours
  • MUSC 111-Intro to Music-3 hours
  • MUSC 112-Great Composers-3 hours
  • MUSC 113-20th Century American Pop Music-3 hours
  • MUSC 114-Music in the Modern Age-3 hours
  • MUSC 115-Intro to History of Jazz-3 hours
  • MUSC 161-Aural Theory I: 2 hours
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory I: 2 hours
  • MUSC 163-Aural Theory 2: 2 hours
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2: 2 hours
  • MUSC 177-Intro to Music Listening-1 hour
  • MUSC 236-Introduction to Music Recording Technology-2 hours
  • MUSC 311-Intro to Jazz Improvisation-2 hours
  • MUSC 312-Advanced Jazz Improvisation-2 hours
  • MUSC 328-Applied Lessons for Minors-2 hours
  • MUSC 499 GSL-Music Cultures-Ghana-6 hours (Summer Study Abroad)

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