We believe that music education can benefit everyone, regardless of their background, their major, or their career plans.
We offer courses covering a wide range of musical styles, cultures, and eras, designed for all students. You can also take a performance class or private lessons, or join an ensemble.
Explore Music in General Studies
The Music in General Studies Program celebrates the essential and enriching role music plays in the lives of students across the university. Take courses in topics from the early history of Western music through to rock 'n' roll and experimental modern music, or take courses to create your own music.
MUS Z100 The Live Musical Performance (2 cr.) MUS Z101 Music for the Listener* (3 cr.) MUS Z103 Special Topics in Music for Nonmajors (3 cr.) MUS Z111 Introduction to Music Theory* (3 cr.) MUS Z112 Introduction to Musical Skills (1-3 cr.) MUS Z120 Music in Multimedia* (3 cr.) MUS Z130 Musical Performance Contexts* (3 cr.) MUS Z165 Beginning Ukulele (2 cr.) MUS Z171 Opera Theater* (3 cr.) MUS Z175 Intermediate Ukulele (2 cr.) MUS Z190 Jazz for Listeners* (3 cr.) MUS Z200 History of the Blues* (3 cr.) MUS Z201 History of Rock 'n' Roll Music I* (3 cr.) MUS Z202 History of Rock 'n' Roll Music II* (3 cr.) MUS Z203 History of Rock 'n' Roll Music III* (3 cr.) MUS Z204 Women Musicians* (3 cr.) MUS Z208 History of Punk Rock* (3 cr.) MUS Z211 Music Theory II* (3 cr.) MSU Z212 Musical Skills II (1 cr.) MUS Z224 Music and Culture in the James Bond Franchise* (3 cr.) MUS Z250 Choral Masterworks* (3 cr.) MUS Z260 Music in American Society* (3 cr.) MUS Z261 Music and Community Engagement I* (3 cr.) MUS Z262 Music and Community Engagement II (3 cr.) MUS Z264 Music and Videogames* (3 cr.) MUS Z265 American Country Music* (3 cr.) MUS Z270 Music of War and Peace* (3 cr.) MUS Z280 Music of the Silk Road* (3 cr.) MUS Z281 East-West Encounters in Music* (3 cr.) MUS Z282 Music of Russia* (3 cr.) MUS Z283 Popular Music of Europe and Asia* (3 cr.) MUS Z284 Music in Global Cinema* (3 cr.) MUS Z290 Remixing* (3 cr.) MUS Z291 Producing Electronic Dance Music (3 cr.) MUS Z311 Music Theory III (3 cr.) MUS Z313 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (3 cr.) MUS Z315 Music for Film (3 cr.) MUS Z320 Advanced Special Topics in Music for Nonmajors (3 cr.) MUS Z373 The American Musical (3 cr.) MUS Z393 History of Jazz (3 cr.) MUS Z395 Contemporary Jazz and Soul (3 cr.) MUS Z401 The Music of the Beatles (3 cr.) MUS Z402 Music of Frank Zappa (3 cr.) MUS Z403 Music of Jimi Hendrix (3 cr.) MUS Z404 The Music of Bob Dylan (3 cr.) MUS Z405 The Music of the Beach Boys (3 cr.) MUS Z406 Leonard Bernstein: Life and Music (3 cr.) MUS Z411 Music Theory IV (3 cr.) MUS Z415 Connections: Music, Art, Literature (3 cr.)
Immerse yourself in the history of rock 'n' roll and in the music of some of its greatest artists. If you can't choose just one course, the Certificate in Rock History is for you.
No entrance requirements, no prerequisites. Choose the courses you want to take and pursue your passions.
Check your Academic Advisement Report to see that it shows all of the courses you have taken to fulfill the requirements. If there are omissions, speak to Erin Smith in JS120. Otherwise, you don't need to do anything. The minor will appear on your transcript when you graduate.
For the course(s) you wish to transfer, bring a course description, course syllabus, and the transcript from the other college or university to the Director of Music Undergraduate Studies in JS120. The course(s) will be evaluated for equivalence to an IU course.
Yes! Either Z111 Introduction to Music theory or T109 Rudiments of Music will serve as a part of the core requirement. (T109 is taken by music majors and moves faster and has more content that Z111.)
Yes, you can retake Z103 or Z320 as long as the course has a different variable title. All other courses can be taken only one time if they count toward the minor.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music (Music in General Studies/Composition)
Take private lessons
One-on-one study can help you meet your performance goals. You can earn credit and take lessons with Jacobs faculty or graduate students and tailor your studies to suit you. Lessons are available for beginners and experienced performers.
To register, just sign up for the MUS Z110 or MUS Z710 section that corresponds to the area you want to study.
Join an ensemble
There are several all-campus ensembles that welcome any and all IU students: the All-Campus Band, All-Campus Choir, All-Campus Guitar Ensemble, All-Campus Jazz Ensemble, All-Campus Orchestra, and the African American Choral Ensemble.
These ensembles do not require an audition. To participate, register in the appropriate section of MUS-X 1.
You can also audition for any Jacobs ensemble. If you would like to join one of these groups, register for MUS- X 40 or MUS-X 70 and participate in the audition process.