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Music Major

The Music Department provides Music majors with a strong foundation for the lifelong journey toward becoming a "complete musician." As a Music major at SPU, you will grow in your ability to practice, perform, listen to, collaborate in, compose, improvise, analyze, and have a historical context for the musical arts, enabling you to build a rich life in music.

As an SPU music major, you will study with outstanding instrumental and vocal faculty, as well as artists who perform regularly with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Opera. You can choose from a rich blend of musical opportunities for engagement, from traditional choirs to Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Gamelan, and more.

In the company of more than 100 fellow music majors, you have the benefit of a strong, nurturing, student-focused academic community within a culturally rich city known for its breadth and depth of diverse artistic experiences. You will have the opportunity to work with faculty to tailor your vocational interests to career opportunities.

Your ability to earn a music degree from a Christian university, with both liberal arts and professional studies curriculum, is one of our unique distinctives. Whether participating in music ministry through Gospel Choir or the Worship Arts Ensemble, or studying intensely to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, at Seattle Pacific University you are part of a community that supports and encourages you in your desire to use your gifts to serve others.

As a music major, you can choose from five areas of emphasis:

Benefits

When you major in Music at SPU, you will participate in academic courses that focus on core music skills within a liberal arts education. You will be a part of an educational climate that nurtures your discipline to become a strong musician and your heart to serve others, and helps you achieve the focus you need to reach your goals.

Career Opportunities

  • Arranger/Composer
  • Church Musician
  • Coach/Accompanist
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Music Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician/Performer
  • Orchestrator
  • P–12 Music Educator
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Engineer

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

Each emphasis with the music major has its own degree requirements; check the Undergraduate Catalog for more information. In general, all music majors are required to do the following:

  • Fulfill the requirements of a music degree as an accomplished musician.
  • Pass piano-proficiency exams.
  • Participate in a major ensemble each academic quarter.
  • Participate in the Practicum Program each week.
  • Fulfill University-required courses, including the Common Curriculum.

You may apply to the Music major (PDF) when you have completed your freshman year at SPU. To be admitted to the major, you must have earned a 3.0 overall GPA. Once admitted, you are required to maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA.

Faculty Contact

Carlene J. Brown

Associate Professor and Chair, Music Department; Director, Music Therapy Program

Email: browncj@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2920
Office: Crawford 206

David Anderson

Why I Teach at SPU

David Anderson, Associate Professor of Choral Music

"Quite simply, the students. What an incredible thing: getting together with wonderful people every day, working hard, learning a lot and having fun in rehearsal, then performing beautiful music together. I am blessed."

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