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.
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 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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