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Programs of Study

College of Music & Performing Arts

Find Your Passion

The College of Music and Performing Arts offers a variety of degrees that help prepare students interested in a career in the performing arts both on stage and off.

Minors

The Dance Minor is 22 credit hours for those who want to continue their dance training while at Belmont. The Dance program offers coursework in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance techniques as well as coursework in Dance Composition and Choreography.

Students do not have to be a minor to enroll in dance classes.

The Dance faculty boasts an impressive roster of celebrated dance professionals, including Choreographers, Technologists, Educators, Production Designers and Acclaimed Performers. Their primary focus is on the artistic, intellectual and professional development of each dance student.

Performance opportunities are available in both dance performance and musical theatre productions. Belmont has courses available for everyone including the novice dancer to the seasoned veteran. Every semester is capped with a dance performance choreographed by student and faculty members in the dance program.

The Dance minor is an option for all students. Interested students must contact the Director of the Dance program and must attend a proficiency audition to determine placement into the level II and III dance technique courses required for the Dance minor. Placement auditions are held at the beginning of each semester on the Monday before classes begin.

Professional & Community Partnerships

diMossa Dance Company 

The Nashville Ballet

Rejoice Ministries

If you are interested in finding out more about the Dance Minor or if you would like to schedule a Dance Placement Audition, contact Debbie Belue.

The Theatre minor in Film Acting will provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the world of film performance through a coordinated program of study appropriate for the designation of a minor. This new minor will offer flexibility for students while providing a concentrated pool of courses that will give depth and focus to both the practical and theoretical aspects of film acting and theatre production.

Combining introductory courses in film and theatre, the new Theatre minor in Film Acting may be especially intriguing to those students who are majoring in other disciplines the opportunity to minor in an area of performance, supporting Belmont's vision to bring together the best of liberal arts and professional education in its interdisciplinary approach.

Students who complete the Theatre minor in Film Acting will gain a strong foundation in film acting skills; acting methods and techniques in a variety of performance media and contexts (self-tapes, reels, and auditions); the elements of film production related to acting for the camera; the knowledge of important aspects of the film industry; and an appreciation of working in teams on a variety of creative projects and performances.

Film Acting minors are eligible to audition for all department Main Stage productions.

Belmont's Theatre minor equips students with a broad foundation of introductory theatrical course work including Acting, Directing, Design and Theatre History.

The foundation structure allows students to choose a specific area and continue with six hours of advanced study.

Students also participate in three semesters of the creation and execution of Main Stage productions, gaining the practical experience necessary to be a well-rounded theatre student.

Theatre minors are eligible to audition for all department Main Stage productions.

The music minor is ideal for students who are have an interest in music but who plan to major in another area at Belmont. A music minor can easily be combined with other majors at Belmont. The music minor only takes four semesters to complete.

Instruments of study within the Minor in Music are: Voice, Viola, Violin, Cello, Classical Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Organ, Piano, and Guitar.

The music minor only studies classical music - it does not include any commercial music courses. An audition is required in order to pursue a music minor. Classes for the music minor must be started by the beginning of the sophomore year.

Admissions & Audition Information

An audition is required in order to pursue a music minor.

Students interested in auditioning for a music minor may audition by video, in-person on a live audition date prior to enrolling, or audition during the first semester enrolled at Belmont. To schedule an audition, email Amanda Nunes.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the Music Minor within 2-3 weeks.

Details about audition pieces can be found on the Audition Requirements page.

Music Minor Courses

The Music Minor includes courses normally taken during the first year of the music major curriculum.

Applied lesson and seminar (4 sems.)
Ensembles (4 sems.)
Theory I and II
Aural Skills I and II
Introduction to Music History
History of Western Music: 1700–Present

The music minor is based in Classical Music curriculum. For a complete course listing, please see the University Catalog