A Music minor student practices an instrument in a large room with a window and piano.
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    • Desautels Faculty of Music

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    • Minor in Music

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    Expected duration

    • 18 credit hours

  • 20+

    Student ensembles

  • 40

    Spacious, light-filled practice rooms

  • 1:5

    Ratio of faculty members to students

  • $600,000+

    Value of scholarships, bursaries and prizes awarded annually

Program details

The Desautels Faculty of Music offers a minor in music for students who wish to continue their study of music in university while pursuing another major.

Music minors choose from a wide array of interesting music electives and are eligible to join any of our many ensembles. Participation in collaborative music courses provides students a sense of belonging in a community of smart, kind and driven musicians, while also gaining elective course credits towards graduation.

The music minor requires 18 credit hours of music courses, including the following:

  • MUSC 1004: Intro to Music in History 1 (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1014: Intro to Music in History 2 (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1110: Music Theory 1 (3 credit hours)

The remaining 9 credit hours can be fulfilled using music courses for which the student has the appropriate prerequisites or permission, with exceptions.


Students pursuing a Music minor can use up to 6 credit hours of ensemble courses to fulfill the credit hour requirements. Ensemble participation requires an audition, which takes place the beginning of Fall Term each year. Ensembles are worth 2 credit hours per year per ensemble.

Minor practical study

Students pursuing a Music minor can also undertake minor practical study. Participation requires written permission from the Associate Dean. Students can choose one area of minor practical study as listed in the Areas of Major Practical Study.

The courses are:

  • MUSC 1460 – Minor Practical Study
  • MUSC 2480 – Minor Practical Study
  • MUSC 3480 – Minor Practical Study
  • MUSC 4480 – Minor Practical Study

Find complete program requirements for the Music minor in the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

Students looking to pursue a Music minor must receive permission from their faculty of study. Please check with your faculty for details on how to declare music as your minor program of study. Space in some courses may be limited.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Undergraduate Admissions
424 UMSU University Centre
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

Submit a question
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext 8808

Program inquiries

Desautels Faculty of Music
Room T319 
150 Dafoe Road West
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2