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Music Major/Minor

Our Bachelor of Arts in Music allows you to select a general music or performance track based on your interests.

General Music Track

If you have a strong interest in music but don't plan a performance career, you'll benefit from a liberal arts experience exposing you to all aspects of music, from theory and performance to the music business.

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Music Performance Track

The music performance major is for those with a strong interest and well-developed skills in musical performance in one or more areas. You can even combine it with the M.A.I. fifth-year education program, go on to graduate school or prepare for a professional performing career.

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Music Classroom and Instrumental Education Track

This program is for those who plan to pursue a career teaching music to K-12 students in Minnesota.* Courses focus on music education including techniques for teaching percussion, brass, woodwinds, strings, as well as gaining a solid foundation of music theory and history.

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Music Classroom and Vocal Education Track

This program is for those who plan to pursue a career teaching music to K-12 students in Minnesota.* The curriculum focuses on music education for teaching instrumental music and examines techniques and issues surrounding voice instruction for individuals and vocal groups.

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Career Options

Students who possess a degree in music are prepared for careers as archivists, arts administrators, composers, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, and historians.

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will support a student in his or her pursuit of a degree in music includes experience in Band or Orchestra, Chorus, Music, Music History, and Music Theory.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who earn the general music degree will oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in music industry or history.

Music Minor

Students who love music but have career aspirations in a different arena find that a music minor allows them to incorporate their passion for the art in their everyday life. 

Music Minor
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*Students pursuing this track must complete the Secondary Education major in order to meet the State of Minnesota licensure requirements for the music education K–12 classroom and vocal music or the K–12 classroom and instrumental music areas. Please be advised that meeting the requirements of both the music major and education requirements for licensure may take more than four years unless students enter the program with advanced placement or transfer credits. Please check Saint Mary’s Professional Licensure Disclosures and Resources for further information regarding this program and professional licensure.