The music program at Saint Martin's University is a dynamic program that combines academic excellence with intensive performance opportunity. Courses integrate the study of music literature, history and theory with musical performance as a means of developing intellect, familiarity with a variety of cultures and interpersonal relationships.

Program highlights

  • Shape your own degree pathways through special topics.
  • Cross train in areas such as classical and contemporary music, opera, and musical theatre.
  • Study privately and in master classes (concentrated group sessions) with distinguished master teachers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Through Music@11, Saint Martin’s formal recital series, meet seasoned classical musicians and consummate performers who demonstrate protocol and process, instrumentation, periods, and genres.

Performance Opportunities:

  • Participate in the student monthly public studio workshop performances.
  • Join the Saint Martin’s Chorale, which performs a series of concerts each year, including the Sacred Music Concert, Christmas Concert, Hope Concert, and Major Works Concert.
  • Perform as part of SMUTastics!, Saint Martin’s Jazz Band, the Pep Band, and
  • Guitar Ensemble.
  • Compete in National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions. Many former Saint Martin’s music students have won awards in regional NATS competitions.

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  • Career paths

    Our graduates leave Saint Martin's with the academic and performance skills necessary to succeed within the music industry, or related fields, with confidence, professionalism and poise. Possible careers include:

    • Teacher
      • K-12
      • College Level
      • Community Music Schools
      • Religious Organizations
      • Private Studio
    • Electronic Production and Design
      • Audio Engineering
      • Mastering, Mixing, Music Directing
      • Recording Engineer
    • Entertainment Lawyer or Music Business Lawyer
    • Fundraiser
    • Grant Writer
    • Instrument Builder/Designer
    • Instrument Repair and Restoration
    • Lyricist
    • Music Critic, Reviewer, Blogger
    • Music Curator

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.



  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 21 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • 29 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses
  • Special requirements in keyboard proficiency, recital, ensemble participation, upper-division standing, recital audition, recital attendance and convocation and studio workshop.
  • Lower-Division courses (21 semester hours)
    MUS 100
    Recital Attendance (6 semesters at 0 credits)
    MUS 105
    Music Theory I
    MUS 105L
    Music Theory I: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 106
    Music Theory II
    MUS 106L
    Music Theory II: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 110
    Applied Lessons: Piano
    MUS 112
    Applied Lessons: Major instrument
    MUS 220
    Basic Conducting
    Large Ensemble:
    Four semester hours


  • Upper-Division courses (29 semester hours)
    MUS 305
    Music Theory III
    MUS 305L
    Music Theory III: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 306
    Music Theory IV
    MUS 306L
    Music Theory IV: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 307
    Musical Form and Analysis
    MUS 312
    Applied Lessons: Major Instrument
    MUS 327
    Junior Recital (zero semester hours)
    MUS 330
    Music History I
    MUS 331
    Music History II
    MUS 427
    Senior Recital (one semester hour)
    Large Ensemble:
    Four semester hours
    Elective course:
    Three semester hours of approved upper-division elective

    *Vocal students must enroll in MUS 285/385; instrumental students must enroll in MUS 286/386 or MUS 387
    **Students must have passed the upper-division jury exam before enrolling in 300-level applied lessons

  • Special requirements

    Keyboard Proficiency

    Course in basic piano and pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Students with prior piano training can waive basic piano coursework by challenging and passing the piano proficiency examination. Details regarding this examination are available in the Music Program office.


    Complete junior (MUS 327) and senior (MUS 427) recitals. The junior recital is a half recital consisting of approximately 30 minutes of music. The senior recital is a full recital consisting of approximately one hour of music.

    Ensemble Participation

    Minimum of eight semester hours in large ensemble participation during eight different semesters to be eligible for graduation and must be enrolled in a large ensemble during each semester of full-time study. 
    Instrumental majors are required to participate in MUS 286/386 or MUS 387. Vocal majors are required to participate in MUS 285/385. Various ensemble requirements are contained in specific curricula and may vary depending on scholarship award requirements. Ensembles are open, some through audition, to all students regardless of major.

    Upper-Division Standing

    Before enrolling in 300-level applied lessons, a student must pass the requirements of the major area upper-division jury. This jury examination requires the demonstration of, but is not limited to, the fundamentals of the student’s major area of performance. The student must show potential to continue improving in a manner that will lead to the successful completion of the performance requirements in the degree and major emphasis.

    Recital Audition

    Students who have registered to perform either the junior recital (MUS 327) or the senior recital (MUS 427) must perform and pass a recital audition at least two weeks prior to the recital date. A panel of at least three music faculty members will serve as the jury to hear the audition.

    Recital Attendance

    MUS 100 Recital Attendance, required of music majors for six semesters and of music minors for two semesters, provides the student musician an opportunity to gain insight into performance practices and concert etiquette in addition to hearing a variety of styles and genres.

    Convocation and Studio Workshop

    As a component of the course, Applied Lessons, students registered for the course are required to attend weekly Thursday noon workshops and convocation. Convocation provides a formal forum for student performance. Studio Workshop builds student technical skills and solidifies repertoire through performance within a nurturing workshop setting.



  • 23 semester hours of Core Requirements
  • Four semester hours of which are special requirements
  • Required courses for minor (23 semester hours)
    MUS 100
    Recital Attendance (two semesters at zero credits)
    MUS 105
    Music Theory I
    MUS 105L
    Music Theory I: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 106
    Music Theory II
    MUS 106L
    Music Theory II: Aural Skills Lab
    MUS 108
    Music in Western Culture
    MUS 110
    Applied Lessons - Piano
    MUS 110
    Applied Lessons - Instrument or Voice
    MUS 327
    Junior Recital (zero credits)
    Large Ensemble*
    Four semester hours
    MUS elective
    Two semester hours

    *Vocal students must enroll in MUS 285/385; instrumental students must enroll in MUS 286/386 or MUS 387

  • Special requirements

    Ensemble Participation

    A music minor must earn a minimum of four credits in large ensemble participation during four different semesters. For curricular purposes, a large ensemble is defined to mean MUS 285/385 Chorale, MUS 286/386 Band, or MUS 387 Orchestra.


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