A Music degree with a General emphasis will train you to use your musical gifts — whether as a performer, a composer, a conductor, a teacher — as well as provide you with advanced study in theory and literature. As a Music major, you can also prepare for a career in music therapy, music technology, and music ministry. Through a series of skill-building exercises and experience with larger and larger forms, in-class and private instruction, you will be prepared for a promising future in music.
Major Courses and Degree Requirements
As a Music major with a General emphasis, you will follow an integrative approach to advanced musicianship. You will study music theory, aural skills, and music styles and history from early Middle Ages to the 21st century. You'll study music composition, technology, instrumentation, and orchestration. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on the integration of music and faith, as well as your sense of vocation, as you study in depth great works such as Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," Brahms' "German Requiem," and Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony."
The minimum total quarter credits required for a major emphasis is 124. The minimum total quarter credits required for degree is 180.
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Admission to the Major
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 and have decided upon your area of emphasis. Once admitted, you are required to maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA.
- Film Scorer
- Choral Director
- Church Musician
- Music Director
- Music Librarian
- Music Professor
- Music Teacher
- Sound Engineer