Just because you’re away at college doesn’t mean you have to put your passion for music on hold. Arcadia’s Music Minor is the perfect complement to a liberal arts education—whether you’re an experienced musician or just getting started.
A flexible and inviting curriculum welcomes students from across all majors to take some music courses, join one of Arcadia’s music ensembles for course credit … even take up a new instrument (or voice) with a private music lesson. What better way to bring harmony to your college experience!
Students do NOT have to minor in music to participate in music courses.
About Our Program
Arcadia’s Music program provides a highly interactive opportunity for students to enrich their liberal arts experience through a minor in Music. The program features a variety of coursework, including opportunities to take courses abroad through Arcadia’s acclaimed study abroad program.
Students also may enroll in private music lessons*, as well as perform for course credit in one of Arcadia’s seven ensembles: String, Flute, Guitar, University Choir, Women's, Chamber Choir, and Jazz. The program is distinguished by its strong sense of community and diverse, dedicated faculty, who have achieved numerous accolades through their many years of national and international experience in the music industry.
*Note: Additional fees apply for private lessons; option for course credit.
A Blend of Coursework and Performance Study
The program provides a variety of coursework and performance study options to meet the needs of those considering a career in music or those planning to enter the profession. Students pursue the necessary skills and competencies through a carefully planned series of foundation and upper-level courses, tutorials and independent studies.
It is recommended that students take at least four semesters (or the equivalent) of [COURSE:MU159] or [COURSE:MU187] in a chosen area of performance. It is recommended that every student take private or group piano lessons.
At the end of each semester, Arcadia’s ensembles perform a concert of repertoire ranging from classical to popular music. Ensembles perform regularly on and off campus at events such as graduation ceremonies, honors convocation, donor nights, honorary degree receptions, and for local organizations. We hope you will join one of our ensembles to supplement your liberal arts education at Arcadia.
MU160.1 or MU160.2 University Choir (2 CE credits)
The Choirs at Arcadia provide opportunities for singers to perform on and around campus. The University Choir performs literature ranging from Classical to Broadway. The group is open to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. No auditions are required. Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir.
William J. Naydan, Director of University Choirs
Mr. William J. Naydan retired from Hatboro-Horsham HS in 2016. He was the director of Choral Activities at HHHS from 1991-2016. He was the choir director at Central Bucks West from 1982 to 1991. He also served as choir director at Lafayette College from 1992 to 2000 and Chestnut Hill College from 2004 to 2013. He received a B.A. in Foreign Languages (Russian & German) from Lafayette College, an M.A. in Opera Performance from Temple University with further study at Chestnut Hill College, Villanova, West Chester, U of Pittsburgh and Westminster Choir College. Read Full Bio