Music Minor in Music

About the Music Minor

Express yourself while expanding your knowledge of music.

Nurture your interest in music with a music minor at California University of Pennsylvania. No matter which academic program you choose as a major, adding a 24-credit music minor expands your knowledge base, fosters your musical talent and lets you express yourself as a soloist or ensemble performer.

You'll also form bonds with students in a variety of majors who share your love of music.

Music minors at Cal U gain a foundation in:

  • Music theory: Read and write music.
  • Music history: Learn about music's role in society from a historical perspective.
  • Music technology: Get hands-on experience in music-related technology or businesses.
  • Music instruction: Play your instrument of choice more skillfully with individualized lessons.
  • Music ensemble: Build performance skills by playing with other musicians.

Gain access to Cal U's exceptional music facilities.

Students who declare a music minor can take private music lessons from the talented teachers and performers who comprise Cal U's music faculty. No audition is required.

Music minors also have swipe-card access to the Music Technology Lab and practice rooms in Gallagher Hall, the same top-quality facilities used by Cal U's commercial music technology majors.


Top faculty: Cal U's music faculty are not only excellent instructors, they are actively performing in the field. For example, Dr. Yugo Ikach is principal conductor and music director for the Washington Symphony Orchestra - and he regularly incorporates student performances into WSO concerts. Piano instructor and jazz vocalist Dr. Yana Tyulkova has toured internationally and produced three CDs.

Performance opportunities: Music minors are encouraged to showcase their talents. Instrumentalists can entertain fans at Vulcan football games and band festivals with the Cal U Marching Band, or perform with the concert band, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble or California Orchestra. Vocalists can perform with the University Choir, audition for the California Singers or an a cappella ensemble, or join the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir.

Hands-on experience: Music minors take six credits of required music technology course work and complete 120 hours of field experience in music technology or business.

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Credits are required for a music minor at Cal U.
A cappella singing groups are among the many ensembles that perform regularly on and off campus.
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Benefits of the Minor

The music minor can be combined with any of Cal U's major programs of study. Students simply declare the minor and meet with the department chair, who serves as a secondary adviser. Education majors seeking employment in school districts may find that a music minor makes them more attractive job candidates.

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Graduate Outcomes

Music students learn to work hard, perform consistently and collaborate with other musicians to realize a finished product - skills that are valued in any career field. Graduates report that their experiences with instrumental or vocal groups remain some of their fondest memories of their college years.

Music Minor in Music
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Find your community

Gain knowledge in a field you enjoy while getting to know other students who share your passion for music. This minor program introduces you to men and women from different academic disciplines and makes it easy to get involved with music-based activities on campus. 

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Added value

A minor in music, even if it's not related to your major academic program, can add to your college experience and help your resume stand out. It demonstrates your versatility and lets employers know that you have a variety of interests and abilities.

Music Courses

Example Courses
  • Introduction To Music

  • Comprehensive Musicianship

  • History, Form And Analysis:

    • Jazz
    • The American Musical
    • African American GospelAnd Carribean Music
    • Opera
    • Music In The Media
    • Rock And Roll

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B.S. in Commercial Music Technology

  • Cal U also offers a 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology. The B.S. program combines coursework in music, acoustics, digital music production and other areas to prepare students for careers in the recording industry. Program graduates are certified in ProTools, the industry standard for recording, editing and mixing music and sound.

Additional Resources

Why Minor In Music

Music Faculty

Greg Davis
Assistant Professor

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Jan Fung
Private Instructor, Percussio
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Ralph Guzzi

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Dr. Yugo Ikach
Professor and Director of University Choir
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Ken Karsh
Private Instructor, Guitar
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Lisa Brovey Kovach
Adjunct Professor
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Nancy Lonich
Private Instructor, Piano
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Margaret "Greta" Schottman
Private Instructor, String
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Edward "Dane" Shultz
Private Instructor, Woodwind
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Brian Stahurski
Private instructor, bass guitar
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Dr. Frank Stetar
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of University Bands
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Dr. Randy Tillmutt
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Yana Tyulkova
Adjunct Professor

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Brandon VanSickle

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Joseph "Jay" Weaver
Private Instructor, Electric Guitar
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