Undergraduate Contact Information

Music Program

Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera
Program Chairperson
Annunciation Center
Main Floor
Room 202

Phone: (973) 290-4315
Email: vbutera@cse.edu

Overview & Mission

The objectives of the Music Minor and the Dance Minor at the College of Saint Elizabeth are to provide all students with opportunities to directly study and experience music and/or dance of various periods, styles, forms, and cultures which have contributed to the common artistic heritage of the human race.

Small class sizes and individual attention are provided for students who minor in Music or Dance. In addition to taking the requirements, students may work with a faculty member to design a course of study that is also appropriate to the specific talents and development of the individual music or dance student. The Music faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring to the program their talents as teachers, scholars and professional musicians. The Dance faculty members include New Jersey and New York professional dancers and teachers who are experts in various styles and types of dance.

Student Outcomes

A Minor in Music or a Minor in Dance introduces the student to various aspects that are integral parts of each discipline that form the basis for knowledge that could lead to further study or a career in that discipline. In Music, performance study of one or more instruments, music history courses and music theory classes could help a student begin to prepare for a career in the music business, teaching, performance, composition, music ministry, musicological research among other jobs in the music industry. With the dance minor, key foundational concepts of ballet and modern dance movement help students learn various styles of dance and underlie their efforts in choreography. These skills will help a student plan for further study, become a dance studio owner (with a special certificate - see below) or work in other aspects of the dance industry.


Students completing the degree in music are equipped with the skills to begin building a successful career in music. Through careful study and planning our majors are prepared for advanced educational pursuits in graduate or professional schools.

Graduates from the Music Program work in a variety of careers such as:

  • Professional musicians
  • Music teachers
  • Music directors for church parishes
  • Musical producers

Students have studied music in graduate school, followed by careers in music therapy, and composers of music for video and film. We have graduates who have also performed in musical theater both on and off Broadway.

Music Program

Requirements for a Minor in Music

  • MUS101 Instrument or Voice (4)
  • MUS201 Harmony I (3)
  • MUS203 Harmony II (3)
  • MUS205 Dictation and Sight-Reading I (1)
  • MUS217 Instrumental Chamber Music Ensemble or equivalent (4)


  • MUS223 Elizabeth Singers or equivalent (4)
  • MUS--- History of Music Elective (3)
  • MUS--- History of Music Elective (3)
  • MUS309 Keyboard Harmony I (1)
  • MUS--- Elective (3)
  • MUS--- Elective (3)

Total: 28 credits

Additional Requirements

  • Public performance of a mini recital during the last semester of applied instrumental or vocal study.

Requirements for a Minor in Dance

The Dance Minor offers students an opportunity to learn or build on previous experiences within the genres of Modern, Jazz and Ballet dance as the fundamentals of the discipline. Further options exist for students to elect courses which will satisfy the New Jersey Department of Education requirement for Dance Teacher K-6 certification eligibility.

  • DAN215 Fundamentals of Dance (3)
  • DANC225 Modern Dance I (2)
  • DANC220 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DANC240 Ballet I (2)
  • DANC305 Choreography and Improvisation (3)
  • DANC230 Dance Appreciation (3)

Electives in Dance Minor (choose one)

  • DANC227 Modern Dance II (3)
  • DANC222 Jazz Dance II (3)
  • DANC243 Ballet II (3)
  • DANC280 Theories of Dance Education K-6 (3)

Total: 18 credits

Students who choose to elect PE 310 and have completed the Education major, including student teaching, may apply to the New Jersey Department of Education for certification in Dance Education K-6. With this certification, these Dance minors may open and operate their own schools of dance.