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BA in Music
BA in Music: Emphasis in Composition
BA in Music: Emphasis in Performance
BA in Music: Emphasis in Technology
Music and Worship Arts Minor
Music Minor

BA in Music Education

BA in Music Therapy: Emphasis in Physical Ed & Exercise Sci
BA in Music Therapy: Emphasis in Psychology
BA in Music Therapy: Emphasis in Special Education


Crawford Music Building

Music Department Faculty

The Purpose of the Music Program

  • To provide opportunities for all students to study music as an essential part of a liberal arts education in a comprehensive university.
  • To provide Music majors with the opportunity to develop basic musicianship and performance skills appropriate to the various emphases in the degree.
  • To recognize the interrelationship between music and the other creative arts.

SPU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the American Music Therapy Association.

Admission to the Majors or Minor
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to the Music major or minor and to the Music Therapy major. Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.

Career Opportunities
Students majoring in Music and Music Therapy have the advantage of a strong Music major within a liberal arts setting:

  • Through academic and modeled clinical practice, students with an emphasis in Music Therapy will be trained and eligible to enter a nationally approved internship site, sit for the national board certification exam, and begin a career as a board certified music therapist.
  • Students with an emphasis in Music Education are prepared to teach general, choral and/or instrumental music in K-12 public or private schools.
  • Other emphases in music train people to use their gifts as performers, composers, studio technicians, private music instructors, and for advanced study in performance, theory, and literature.
  • Students with a minor in Music and Worship Arts are prepared to serve in church music ministries.

Music Ensemble Opportunities
Many music ensembles are available to SPU students. In the course listings, ensembles are in the 2000/4000 series and course descriptions and requirements may be found there. All ensemble courses carry regular university credit. Music ensembles are open to music majors and nonmajors by audition.

Piano Proficiency

Piano proficiency is required for graduation for all Music majors. Students who are enrolled in Music Theory I-VI and who are identified as needing remedial keyboard skills may be required to enroll in MUS 1254, 1255, or 2200 until the Keyboard Proficiency Exam is passed.

Integrated Studies Major with a concentration in the Arts (For students seeking K-8 certification as elementary classroom teachers, but not as K-12 music teachers.)

Students who plan to obtain a Residency Teacher Certificate with an endorsement in Elementary Education can major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in the Arts.

  • The Arts concentration consists of courses in art, music, and theatre.

Requirements for Integrated Studies: the Arts concentration
Requirements for Elementary Certification

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