Music at Aquinas College

Music Entrepreneurship Minor


Minor Requirements: Twenty-eight (28) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • No more than twelve (12) semester hours in the minor may be counted toward another major or minor program, after which additional electives must be selected in consultation with an advisor
  • MCAP courses must be completed with a B- or higher, MCTH courses must be completed with a C+ or higher, and all other music courses must be completed with a C or higher. Business courses must be completed with a C- or higher.
Twenty-two (22) semester hours of Music Theory:
BS202 Principles of Marketing 3.0
MCTH113 Integrated Theory I 3.0
MCTH114 Integrated Theory II 3.0
MCTH115 Ear Training/Sight Singing I 1.0
MCTH116 Ear Training/Sight Singing II 1.0
MCAP123 Piano Techniques I 1.0
MCAP125a, 131a, 151a, or 165 Piano, Organ, Instrument or Voice Studies 1.0
MCAP125b, 131b, 151b, or 166 Piano, Organ, Instrument or Voice Studies 1.0
MCEN143-144; MCEN155-156; MCEN167-168, or MCEN171-172 Ensemble 1.0, 1.0
MCHL309 Music Entrepreneurship 3.0
MCTH401 Entertainment Law 3.0
Six (6) semester hours of Music or Business Electives:
BS201 Principles of Management 3.0
BS310 Entrepreneurship for Small Business Mgmt. 3.0
BS342 Digital Marketing 3.0
BS357 Public Relations 3.0
BS460 Ethical Applications in Business 3.0
MCTH102 Studio Recording I 2.0
MCTH202 Studio Recording II 2.0
MCHL214 History of Popular Music 3.0


  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)

    An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211.

  • MCTH113, 114 Integrated Theory (3,3) QR

    This two-semester sequence of courses is the study of the development of the materials of music, and the cultivation of an appreciation and understanding of musical style through comprehensive analysis and composition. Harmonic materials of the 17th through 20th centuries are correlated with instruction in written and keyboard harmony, beginning in MCTH113 with basic diatonic intervals and chord structure, and progressing in MCTH114 to common practice chord usage, including borrowed dominant harmonies. Analysis and composition studies culminate in a 16-measure original four-part chorale at the end of MCTH114. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Music Theory Proficiency Exam. MCTH/CS160 must be taken while enrolled in either of these courses. MCTH113 is a prerequisite for MCTH114.

  • MCTH115, 116 Ear Training/Sight-Singing I and II (1,1)

    This is the lab component of Integrated Theory 113, 114. Students learn to develop the ability to hear mentally what they see, as well as to reproduce it with their voices; to understand what they hear in musical sounds, as well as reproduce them in written form. Prerequisite: MCTH104 or passing the Proficiency Exam. MCTH115 is a prerequisite for MCTH114 and 116.

  • MCAP123, 124 Piano Techniques I and II (1,1) AP

    Required for the first year music major, Piano Techniques I and II are a sequence of two courses which are skill-based courses designed to give the Music major or minor a solid and focused beginning in melodic, harmonic, and scaler playing on the piano. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Must be able to read music in both the treble and bass clefs. Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123 to advance to MCAP124. Prerequisites: Grand staff reading and its relationship to the keyboard.

  • MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 Studio Applied Piano (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private piano lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th C. and Contemporary works of increasing demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCAP131, 132, 231, 232, 331, 332, 431, 432 Studio Applied Organ (2 each)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Fee.

  • MCAP151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Studio Applied Instrumental (2)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Instruction in string, woodwind, percussion, or brass instruments. See semester schedule for instrument specific course and section numbers. Classical and Jazz sections are offered. Fee.

  • MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1) AP

    All beginning voice majors, minors or elective students will gain the necessary foundation, through study, exercises and songs, for successful vocal development at the college level. Study of a variety of song literature, the anatomy and physiology of the voice, Alexander Technique, and other current techniques will be incorporated as the basis for building a strong and healthy singing life or vocal career. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP165 to advance to MCAP166.

  • MCEN143, 144, 243, 244, 343, 344, 443, 444 College Chorus (1 each) AP

    of vocal literature: masterworks to current styles. No audition required.

  • MCEN155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, 456 College Band (1 each) AP

    Performance of concert band literature: masterworks to current styles. Open to those with instrumental experience.

  • MCEN167, 168, 267, 268, 367, 368, 467, 468 - Chamber Ensembles (1 each) AP

    Flute (S1), Women’s Chorus (S2), Guitar Ensemble (S3), Chamber Strings (S4), Collegiate Singers (S5) and Other (1 each) Smaller Ensembles specializing in the varied literature for that family of instruments or voices. These are offered when strong student interest exists.

  • MCEN171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Jazz Band (1 each) AP

    Standard and original jazz literature performed. Audition required.

  • MCHL309 Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship (3) (AT)

    is designed to introduce the skills in research and development for a career in music. Entrepreneurship, writing, business planning, promotion, technology, online resources, and business savvy are the main topics that will be covered. The format of the class will consist of readings, workshop assignments, lectures, discussions, videos and presentations. To benefit the most from this course, you should have some previous involvement with 247 music or the arts and an interest in maintaining self-motivation, cooperation with others, and a positive attitude.

  • MCTH401 Entertainment Law (3)

    provides a broad overview of law relating to the entertainment industries. This course examines basic legal principles inherent in radio, television, motion pictures, theatre, and music publishing and sound recording, such as: First Amendment right of free speech, defamation, obscenity, and the rights of privacy and publicity; federal regulation of copyrights, and the transfer of such intellectual property rights; and federal regulation of radio and television. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Status.

  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) SS1

    The focus is on the study of the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision-making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.

  • BS310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3) SS1

    Deals with the successful start-up, operation, and growth of a small business with emphasis on entrepreneurship, the business environment, financial controls and planning, and administrative control. Prerequisites: BS200, BS201 or permission of the instructor.

  • BS342 Digital Marketing (3)

    This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation to understand how digital platforms have become part of a marketing strategy. Consequently, connecting this technologies to the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Prerequisites : BS202, recommended BS311.

  • BS357 Public Relations (3) SSI, WI

    A comprehensive study of the role of public relations in contemporary organizations. Topics include planning issues, international public relations, specialty applications, and product publicity. Critical examination of public relations techniques and ethical issues occurs throughout the course. Prerequisite: BS202. Open to juniors and seniors only.

  • BS460 Ethical Application in Business (3) SSI

    Principles and perspectives of ethical business and organizational decision-making are studied and applied to a variety of decisions. Emphasis is placed on the identification of ethical choices in the context of the conflicting pressures on management, both in the public and private sector. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

  • MCTH102 Studio Recording 1 (2)

    A ‘hands on’ introduction to the basics of sound recording. This class provides the opportunity to work on a personal project, while gaining knowledge of and experience with audio equipment, including the Pro Tools audio workstation.

  • MCTH202 Studio Recording 2 (2)

    This class focuses on the use of audio effects, MIDI, sequencing, and learning to understand technical language such as audio specifications. As in the previous class, a personal project is used to experiment with newly acquired knowledge. Prerequisite: MCTH102.

  • MCHL214 The History of Popular Music (3) AC

    Introduction to the many types of popular music; evolution, influence upon each other, personalities, times, and places; technological changes in means and media.