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Darrell Born
Phil Lawson
Brad Schrandt

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Darrell Born, chair

Music Program (Major, minor)

Department overviewMusic (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 relationships.

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 musical theatre.

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:

  • 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 For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?


  • 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 examination.


  • 23 semester hours

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.)

College of Arts and Sciences