Earn a Minor in Music
Explore the world of music and sharpen your musical talents
Our music minor complements a wide range of majors in the institution, giving you a competitive advantage with future employers. The music program teaches you the different styles of music and provides the opportunity to join or audition for large ensembles. Students will study and perform major classical works with an orchestra, traditional Christmas music, and will even launch a full-scale theatrical production in the spring. At our private Catholic university, you have the opportunity to take classes in Music Theory, Music History, and Musical Theater, as well as perform in the pep band and take applied lessons.
Many of our students continue playing organ and piano or serve as cantors and choir members in their respective churches. Several of our students continue performing in local music and theater productions.
About Our Music Program
Minor in Choral Music
This minor focuses on teaching you various musical tools and techniques.
- Perform in front of live audiences
- Sharpen instrumental skills
- Become a music teacher
While earning your Minor in Choral Music, you can expect to take courses including Music Theory 1, Chorale/Troubadours, American Music, and Heritage of Western Music. The required curriculum for a Choral Music minor can be found here.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in music. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a minor in music, our students can expect a promising future. The music field is projected to grow 3% between 2014 and 2024. Growth will be due to the increase in demand for musical performances. Through our music program, students become well prepared to meet the expected demand for skilled musicians.
A minor in music from Newman University will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialities related to music. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries:
- Music Director or Composer ($49,800 a year)
- Music Teacher ($54,890 - $57,200 a year)
- Orchestrator ($48,330 a year)
- Worship Pastor ( $50,000 a year)
Our students in the music program have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in the Wichita community. This allows you to gain experience in local musical productions and band rehearsals.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our music program, our students can join the Musical Arts Club, Music Theatre for Young People, and audition for musical productions on campus. These organizations and extracurriculars allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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Successful Program Outcomes
Success Story — Nathan Siple, Class of 2016
As part of his personal commitment to ministry, current student Nathan Siple has performed in concerts for various events around campus including the Prayer Breakfast, an Ike NDolo concert, and various Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) events. He is also active with Campus Ministry. He plans on being a worship leader for his church while continuing his education in dental school.
Success Story — Rusty Carbaugh, Class of 2015
Newman alumna Rusty Carbaugh received a Special Merit for Musical Performance Mary Jane Teall Award for her performance as one-fifth of the Liebeslieders in the Guild Hall Players' production of "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim. Rusty participated in several on-campus productions during her academic career, including "Legally Blonde." She is currently performing in various shows around Wichita. She recently performed as a chorus member and a secretary in “Urinetown” at the Scottish Rite Signature Theatre.
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
"Newman has offered me many opportunities to speak and lead worship. I could not be more grateful for Newman’s trust and honor that is shown me every time they bless me with an opportunity. Music is not required for ministry. But music has the profound ability to break down emotional walls. It is such a beautiful tool for ministering to people."
Nathan Siple, CLASS OF 2016
"I would most definitely recommend Newman. I was an undergraduate student, and I stayed just because it’s worth any amount of money because
you’re a person there. You get to know everyone. I know so many of the staff, the faculty, there’s nothing like it."