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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
UTSA students playing in jazz ensemble

Why Pursue a Minor in Jazz Studies

This program invites music majors and non-music majors to explore and elevate their jazz performance skills while also studying the fascinating history of jazz. For future public school music teachers, students complete the program with the expertise to conduct their own jazz band. The Jazz Studies Minor yields valuable experience that makes students competitive candidates in future job searches.

UTSA Jazz Minor

What You'll Study

Students pursuing the Minor in Jazz Studies will take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Improvisation
  • Advanced Improvisation
  • Jazz Skills
  • Jazz Composition and Arranging
  • History and Styles of Jazz

Students are required to participate in large and small jazz ensembles. This program is open to all majors, and select courses may count towards a student’s major area of study. To declare the Minor in Jazz Studies, students must meet with a School of Music advisor and submit the Declaration of Minor Form. An audition is required for MUS 3771, Jazz Ensemble, and MUS 4581 Jazz Combo.

Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.
UTSA Music Major

Interested in Majoring in Music?

UTSA offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Music! Visit our major page to further explore this field and see if this program is the right fit for you.

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Chris Villanueva, School of Music professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio, performs on the piano

Program Advisor

Chris Villanueva