Undergraduate Minors

General Music

The Music Department offers three minors — Music, Music Production, and Music and Worship Arts — that can enrich and complement your chosen major in a myriad of ways. Regardless of your major, a minor in either Music, Music Production, or Music and Worship Arts offers a rich education in the music arts.

Music Minor

As a Music minor, course by course you will follow an integrative approach to advancing your musical skills. A minor in Music will provide you with the foundations of music-making — including theory and aural skills — as well as with a deeper understanding of the history and performance of music. You will take lessons on your primary instrument, join a choral or instrumental ensemble, and become part of a strong community of musicians. Learn more

Music Production Minor

In the Music Production minor, you are prepared for the future of music and audio technology in areas such as film scoring, live sound, video game scoring, and sound design for TV and film. 

You'll also engage in a yearlong sequence of recording classes in which you'll learn to produce professional level recordings by working in SPU's high-tech Nickeron Studios. This minor prepares you for podcasting, doing sound in live church services, creating music with MIDI-based software, and more. Transfer students will be able to complete this minor in two years. 

Music and Worship Arts Minor

A minor in Music and Worship Arts will train you to use your musical gifts — whether as a worship leader, a performer, a composer, a conductor, or a teacher — as well as provide you with advanced study in music theory and literature. You will explore contemporary worship performance practices, as well as traditional worship and liturgical traditions, foundations in church worship music, and the theology of worship. Learn more

Entering a Music Minor

You may enter the minor 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.   

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


SPU String Quartet
Orientale from 5 Novelettes, by Alexander Glazunov
(Melanie Wong, Class of 2012; Sam Ernest, Class of 2015; Meagan Peeples, Class of 2014; Leanne Riddle, Class of 2012)

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