Music Minor or Second Major

Blair offers a nonprofessional liberal arts major in music that requires a minimum of 31 credit hours. Designed jointly with the College of Arts & Science, the major is also available to Engineering and Peabody students. Undergraduate students in these three schools may also elect one of four minors at Blair: Music, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Music Composition, or Music Performance.


Students intending to complete a second major or minor in music or music performance are expected to enroll in a semester of private lessons in voice, keyboard, guitar, or an orchestral instrument at the Blair School before auditioning for the program.

A student recommended by his or her teacher may audition for admission to the program during performance exams (juries) at the end of the first semester of private study.

A student with significant past experience on his or her instrument outside of the Blair School may request the department chair for an audition during performance juries at the end of the semester, in order to qualify for study as a Second Major, Performance Minor, or Music Minor at Blair the following semester.


Following auditions or interview with the appropriate department, students plan their studies with a Blair adviser:

Second Major Adviser

All second majors in music plan their studies with  Russell Platt, Room 2126, 615-343-3166 (on campus 3-3166).

Music Minor Advisers

Students whose last name begins with A-M: Russell Platt, Room 2126, 615-343-3166 (on campus 3-3166).

Students whose last name begins with N-Z: Jama Reagan, Room 2184, 615-322-4938 (on campus 2-4938).

Requirements & Petition Form

After communicating with a Blair advisor, complete the Second Major petition and include Faculty Interviewer and Area Coordinator signatures. Next, submit the Major/Minor declaration request, which can be found on the University Registrar Workflow page. The completed and signed Second Major/Minor petition must be attached to the workflow request. Workflow requests will be routed to the appropriate administrators; students and advisers will receive an email notification when the request is approved. If a complete petition is not attached to the workflow request, the request will be returned to the student.


A discount on private lesson music fees will be granted to students for future semesters of study, only after admission to the Second Major, Performance Minor, Music Composition Minor, Musicology/Ethnomusicology Minor or Music Minor program through performance jury or interview and completion of the Major/Minor declaration request. The request must be submitted and fully approved by the end of the first week of classes. The Major/Minor declaration request can be accessed from the University Registrar Workflow page.

This paperwork must be filed with the Blair Office of Academic Services and with the student's home school by the end of the first week of classes.