2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Music Minor

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Music Overview

The music program offers both a major and a minor, as well as courses and activities for non-majors. Courses are designed to teach students to listen to music intelligently, develop musical perception, master the skills of music, and apply them creatively. Our curriculum acquaints students with music across a broad stylistic, cultural, and historical spectrum. The study of music can open new perspectives on many aspects of culture and society, therefore Clark’s music program stresses the advantages of combining professional musical development with the humanistic breadth offered by a strong liberal education. Courses and ensembles are open to majors and non-majors. Assignments and projects are designed to suit the different goals and backgrounds of the students in each category.

For more information, please visit the Music Department’s webpage.


All of the courses, seminars, and activities in the music program-with the exception of MUSC 180-are open to qualified non-majors. Students who have a strong interest in music but whose major lies in another discipline can declare a minor in music.

Performing Organizations

Non-majors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations, which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts. Auditions are held during the first week of each semester. The following musical activities - MUSC 170 Clark Concert Choir, MUSC 171 Clark Chamber Chorus, MUSC 172 Concert Band, MUSC 173 Chamber Music Ensemble, MUSC 174 Jazz Workshop and Combo, and MUSC 175 Sinfonia -are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and offer 0.5 credit. MUSC 170 Clark Concert Choir, MUSC 171 Clark Chamber Chorus, MUSC 172 Concert Band, MUSC 173 Chamber Music Ensemble, MUSC 174 Jazz Workshop and Combo, and MUSC 175 Sinfonia are available to students who wish to audit and have their participation recorded on their transcripts.

Private Lessons

Private lessons for nonmajors and majors are offered with or without course credit in several areas. See MUSC 180 - Private Instruction in Instruments and Voice (for credit for majors and minors) and MUSC 018 Private Instruction for Instruments and Voice (noncredit).

Minor Requirements

A. Music Minors

The Music Minor consists of a minimum of 6.5 course units.  The requirements are:

1. Core courses, takenby all minors.

These courses are to be completed by the first semester of the junior year; exceptions must be approved by the Music Program Director:


any selection of music courses from the 100-level or above totaling at least 3.0 course units. 


Note:  All courses for the minor must be passed with a grade C or better.

Music Faculty


John Aylward, Ph.D.
Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D. - Program Director
Matthew Malsky, Ph.D.

Cailin Marcel Manson, M.MUS


John Freyermuth, M.F.A.


Yelena Beriyeva, M.Mus.

Ashley Hames L’Esperance, B.A.

Samantha McGill, B.S.

Jerry Sabatini, M. Mus.

Peter Sulski, B.Mus.

Brent Wetters, P.hD


Anastasia Black, M. Mus.

Chester Brezniak, M. Mus.

Paul Buono, M.Mus.

Stephanie Busby, M.Mus.

Jose Castillo, M.B.A.

Jonathan Clark, M.Mus.

Deborah Cole,

Michael C. Connors,

Joseph W. D’Angelo,

Ariana Falk, D.M.A.

Joseph Halko,

Tracy Kraus, M.Mus.

Matthew Kim, M.Mus.

Lisa Lynch, D.M.A.

Carlos Odria, Ph.D.

Douglas Weeks, M.Mus.




Gerald Castonguay, Ph.D.
Hartmut Kaiser, Ph.D.

Music Courses

Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years

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