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The music minor, offered in partnership with the Peabody Institute, is for students who already have some training and background in music and want to pursue their interest in a systematic way without getting a bachelor’s degree in the field. You’ll choose from a selection of music courses, including music history, theory, ensembles and/or lessons.
Double Degree Program
Students who are advanced in both performing arts and academics can simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Peabody Institute and either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering. You must be admitted independently to Peabody by way of audition and to one of the Homewood schools to be invited to participate in the Double Degree program.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
An introduction to basic musicianship skills, this course is divided into performance skills (sight singing, rhythm reading, basic piano, and improvisation) and aural skills (recognition of pitch, chords, rhythms, melodies, and other musical structures). Topics include major and minor keys and simple time signatures with an emphasis on developing effective practice techniques.
Introduction to Computer Music
This lecture/lab requires no prior specialized training in music. We’ll explore electronic art music as a long-standing, if obscure, body of art, and participate in creative work in the style. You’ll gain a heuristic understanding of forms of musical composition that operate outside the conventions of regular rhythm and harmony as they record and manipulate sound to sculpt it into original musical works.
A Cappella Arranging
You’ll learn how to arrange pre-existing melodies or songs for various vocal ensembles.
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Join the Club
Hopkins students are eager to pursue their interests outside the classroom. With 450+ student-led organizations, here are just a few you could join:
- Bands at JHU
- Encore Music Program
- Homewood Chamber Music Seminar
- Homewood United for Music
- Hopkins Oriental Music Ensemble
- Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
- Inter-A Cappella Council
- JHU Kranti
- Ketzev (Jewish A Capella)
- Music Dynasty
- Pep Band at JHU
- Piano Club
- The Johns Hopkins Melanotes
- The Notes of Ranvier
- The Vocal Chords