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Music

Learn more about the world of sound by supplementing your education with a minor in music.

Why Study Music?

As a music minor at USD, you'll explore the history and cultures of music across the globe. Graduates often go on to teach, conduct, compose, perform and shape music education. The music department offers unique scholarships and workshops to take part in, helping you develop hands-on experience in and outside the classroom.


Degrees & Offerings

Music

Minor
  Vermillion Main Campus

A minor in music will supplement any fine arts degree as you explore your passions. The 26-credit hour minor focuses on music theory, aural skills, music cultures of the world and other topics related to the musical arts.

Program Details

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Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in music.
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Music

Develop the skills necessary to be successful in your musical career while gaining lifelong friends and mentors. Whether you are interested in teaching, music performance or music history — or some combination of the three — the Department of Music will provide you with real-world experiences and connections to help you succeed.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of Music. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in vocal and instrumental music. 
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David Holdhusen

Chair, Music Dept
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Laurie Brown

Senior Secretary
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Timothy Campbell

Associate Professor
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Todd Cranson

Assistant Professor of Music
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Alessandra Feris

Assistant Professor
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Ioana Galu

Assistant Professor
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Susan Gray

Professor
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Sonja Kraus

Assistant Professor
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Amy Laursen

Assistant Professor
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John LaCognata

Assistant Professor of Music
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Paul Lombardi

Associate Professor
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David Sanderson

Assistant Professor of Music
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Luis Viquez

Assistant Professor
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Darin Wadley

Associate Professor

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