Music Program (Major, minor)
Department overview • Music (M., m.)
• Theatre arts (M., m.)
What is the Music Program?
Music at Saint Martin's 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
Why study music at Saint Martin's?
A Bachelor of Arts in Music at Saint Martin’s is a flexible enterprise, where
faculty can enrich students’ particular interests through special topics courses
in which students can create their own degree pathways. The music curriculum
allows for cross training in areas such as classical and contemporary music, and
You will study privately with the best that the Pacific Northwest has to
offer and work with distinguished master teachers.
Our goal is to get our students on stage, performing and sharing their talent
with the world. To that end, students are offered a host of performance
opportunities such as:
- Participation in 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
- Performing as part of SMUTastics!, Saint Martin's jazz band, the Pep band and Guitar Ensemble
- Participation in operatic performances
Additional benefits include:
- Courses in opera, acting for singers and musical theatre
- Master Classes,
educational experiences where students learn from industry professionals,
also known as master teachers, in a concentrated group session. The expert
gives instruction only to one or two students during the master class.
- Music@11, a monthly
recital series featuring seasoned classical musicians and consummate
performers. These formal events provide students with critical exposure to
guest artists who demonstrate protocol and process, instrumentation, periods
and genres. Students are able to apply the lessons learned from these
recitals to their own monthly public studio workshop performances.
- Abbey Events, which sponsors periodic recitals with aspiring world-class musicians. Through
workshops and master classes conducted by these rising stars, Saint Martin's students are
exposed to, and learn from, peer musicians who demonstrate both the technical facility and emotional
maturity required to achieve success.
For a complete list of program goals, objectives, and outcomes, please
visit our undergraduate music outcomes website.
What can I do with this major?
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:
- 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
- Grant Writer
- Instrument Builder/Designer
- Instrument Repair and Restoration
- Music Critic, Reviewer, Blogger
- Music Curator
For a complete list of professional applications, visit
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s
can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.
- 22 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
- 28 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses
- An undergraduate music
major must earn a minimum of eight credits 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.
- Music majors must complete junior and senior recitals.
- All music students are
required to take courses 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
Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a
complete breakdown of music requirements.
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Related fields of study
Theatre Arts (M., m.) | Mathematics (M.)