Performing Arts

Performing Arts

18 Credits


  • Students will effectively demonstrate performance excellence in a college-based ensemble.
  • Students will understand the history of musical/theatrical development with emphasis on contemporary trends in Music and Theatre.
  • Students will evaluate and appreciate different modes of creativity and expression from both Music and/or Theatre.

Audition/Interview with Director of specific Performing Arts functional area. 

Performance Requirement

  • Performing Arts Minor students and students recieving a Performing Arts Scholarship must participate in a Notre Dame College based Performing Arts Program (Band, Choir, or Theatre) during each semester of attendance.
    *Alternative approval for this requirement can be reviewed by the Executive Director of Performing Arts.

Course Requirements

18 Credits from any of the following courses (at least 6 credits must be from Upper Biennium courses):

Music Courses

MU103 Intro to Musicianship (3 Credits)
MU203 Music Theory – Diatonic (3 Credits)
MU211/212 Music History I, II (3-6 Credits)
MU213 Jazz Appreciation (3 Credits)
MU214 or MU160 Music Now and Then/Music Appreciation (3 Credits)
MU311 Survey or Choral Literature             (3 Credits)
MU316 Survey of Instrumental Literature (3 Credits)

Theatre Courses

CA212/TR212 Oral Interpretation (3 Credits)
EN261/TR261 Drama and Theatre (3 Credits)
EN262/TR262 Modern Drama and Theatre (3 Credits)
CA260 Art of Improvisation (3 Credits)
CA309/TR309 Acting and Directing (3 Credits)
CA313/TR313 Event and Play Production (3 Credits)
CA305 Film Studies (3 Credits)


Applied Music: Up to 3 credits total for Applied Music count towards Minor

MU#95 (Applied Music: Instrument - 1 Credit)  
MU#96 (Applied Music: Piano - 1 Credit) *(Up to 3 Credits TOTAL)
MU#97 (Applied Music: Voice - 1 Credit)  

Performance Courses: Up to 3 credits total for Performing Ensembles count towards Minor

MU#10 (Concert Choir - 1 Credit)  
MU#11 (Chamber Singers - 0.5 Credits)          *(Up to 3 Credits TOTAL)
MU#15 (Band - 1 Credit)  
TR#05 (Theatre - 1 Credit)  


*Performing Ensembles [MU#15/#10,TR#01] and Applied Music [MU#95/MU#96/MU#97] are courses with levels based on progression in the specific performance and applied area. The identification of “up to 3 credits” is meant to limit the application of credits taken in these courses towards the minor. While the student can earn credits in every semester they take part in a performing ensemble or applied music, only 3 of those credits can be used towards the minor, thereby ensuring that students will gain a well-rounded experience in the other coursework offered.