Undergraduate Majors

Majoring in Music at Seattle Pacific University gives you the advantage of a rich and robust music education in a Christian university setting. A music degree from SPU prepares you to make a difference in the world, whether in a music profession or in any other profession you might choose.

When you choose an academic major or minor in the Music Department, you will find the music program:

  • Provides opportunities for all students to study music as an essential part of a liberal arts education in a comprehensive university.
  • Encourages you to develop your fundamental musical talent and performance skills along with 21st century musicianship skills;
  • Recognizes the interrelationship between music, our communities, and the other creative arts. 
  • Challenges you to become a socially conscious artist dedicated to creating positive change in our communities. 

Additionally, Seattle Pacific’s Music program is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It also maintains membership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Washington University Music Administrators Association (WUMA). The Music Therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Music (BA)

Our BA in Music degree has been completely reimagined to encourage lifelong growth and talent development and to address a wide range of vocational skills as a reality of working musicians in the 21st Century. We have created a student-driven and project-focused curriculum that reflects and engages with the professional music-making culture in Seattle and across the nation.

In this program, you will learn to recognize the interrelationship between music and the other creative arts.

You can choose from four areas within the BA in Music degree — Composition, Performance, Recording, or Research. 

Private Instruction

Music study is, above all, grounded in performance. As a Music major or minor at Seattle Pacific University, you will work privately with one of our outstanding faculty. The following areas are available on campus:

Baritone Harpsichord         Saxophone
Bassoon Horn Trombone
Clarinet Jazz Guitar Trumpet
Classical Guitar        Jazz Piano Tuba
Double Bass Oboe Viola         
Flute Organ Violin
Guitar Piano Violoncello
Harp Percussion Voice


Horn Quartet
Concertino, Mov. I, Allegro, by Alexander Mitushin
(Eric Johnson, Class of 2013; Allie Kunze, Class of 2013; Victoria Rockwood, Class of 2013; Ian Thurston, Class of 2015)

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