Music Minor

Wayne Johnson Teaching

Are you a musician with an interest in developing your music skills and knowledge while pursuing a major other than music? Regardless of your major, SPU's Music minor offers a rich and rigorous education in the music arts.


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. As a Music minor, you take lessons on your primary instrument, join a choral or instrumental ensemble, and become part of a strong community of musicians. Through a series of skill-building classes and experiences, you will grow in your musicianship and knowledge.

Minor Courses and Degree Requirements

As a Music minor, you will follow an integrative approach to advancing your musical skills. You will study music theory, aural skills, and the history of music, as well as participate in context courses that further your knowledge of music, people, and culture. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on the integration of music and faith, as well as your sense of avocation and vocation.

View the minor courses and degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Arranger/Composer
  • Film Scorer
  • Choral Director
  • Church Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music Director
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Professor
  • Music Teacher
  • Musicologist
  • Sound Engineer

Gerry Marsh

Why I Teach at SPU

Gerry Marsh, Professor Emeritus of Music

"I teach at SPU because of the environment of the Music Department. It’s stimulating and highly creative, and learning is the focus."