You can choose from three areas of performance emphasis:
A Music major will provide you access to an outstanding faculty who perform with world-class organizations, including the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Bach Choir, and Seattle Pro Musica; and who record for top studio movie and TV productions.
Furthermore, a music degree with an emphasis in Performance will teach you to hone and develop your musicianship while engaging you in the advanced study of music theory and literature. As you perform in both large and small ensembles and multiple solo recitals, learn a multitude of styles, experience rigorous in-class and private instruction, and participate in regular studio recording, you will begin your preparation for a promising future in music.
Major Courses and Degree Requirements
SPU's Music Program is accredited at the state and national levels. Each component of the program is designed to sharpen your skills, develop your competence and character, and prepare you for a life in music performance and service.
As a Music major with a Performance emphasis, you will engage in an integrative approach to advanced musicianship. You will study music theory, aural skills, music history, and a wide range of styles from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to reflect on the integration of music and faith, as well as on your sense of vocation, as you study in depth great works such as Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion," Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," Brahms' "German Requiem," and Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony." You will perform in a variety of ensembles across Seattle and be a part of the music and art created in this inspirational and culture-defining city.
The minimum total quarter credits required for a major emphasis is 124. The minimum total quarter credits required for degree is 180.
View the major courses and degree requirements.
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.
- Church Musician
- Ensemble Member
- Freelance Musician
- K–12 Music Teacher
- Music Director
- Music Librarian
- Music Professor
- Music Therapist
- Orchestra Member
- Private Lesson Studio
- Solo Performer
- Sound Engineer
- Studio Musician