Music Major

Stephen Newby

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.

About the Music major

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

No matter which emphasis you choose, 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 Orchestra, Wind EnsembleJazz 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 an expert at Music Production, 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.


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
  • Sound Engineer
  • Musician/Performer
  • Orchestrator
  • Music Educator
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Songwriter
  • and more!

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.

Entering the Major

You may enter the major during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.   

See what made Melissa Perry ‘18, a double major in vocal performance and interior design, leave her study abroad in one of the world’s music capitals with a deeper love of opera and performance.

Learn more about the concerto competition within SPU’s Music Department that gives music students the chance to showcase their developing talent and earn a music scholarship.