Majors and Minors

The Department of Music offers a variety of majors and minors to suit your academic and career goals.  All programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Major in Music – Performance (B.M.)

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance prepares students for a career as a professional soloist, ensemble musician or studio teacher. Music performance majors must exhibit exceptional potential on their applied instrument. In addition to technical competence, students graduate with the breadth of musical skills, concepts and artistry essential to pursue a professional career in music. The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance is also the best preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in performance.

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:
  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSC xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective (2 semesters) (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits
  • MUSC 420 Senior Research Paper (2 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Eight semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143. 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - voice majors must participate in a minimum of eight semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least eight semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least eight semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least six semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least eight semesters chosen from: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 171, 172, 181, 185, 186, 190.
  • MUSP 3xx Eight semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 450 Level III Recital (0 credits)

Plus:

  • EDUC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • EDUC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits) 

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

Music Education – Instrumental Music Education (K-12) (B.M.)

Have you always wanted to share your passion for music with others? Would you like to be part of a program that prepares successful music teachers? The mission of UST’s music education program is to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States by promoting artistic, intelligent, reflective and inspired music teaching at all levels of music instruction. Music education students graduate with a K-12 Minnesota teaching license. We are dedicated to helping you become the best and most effective music educator possible.

Degree Requirements

Block I

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credit)
  • EDUC 212 Human Relations and Multicultural Education (4 credits)

Block II (MTLE Basic Skills Test required for admission to program)

  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credit)

Block III

  • EDUC 207 Music Methods Grades PreK-2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 307 Music Methods Grades 3-5 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 314 Music Methods Grades 6-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 418 Choral/Instrumental Music Methods (2 credits)
  • EDUC 383 Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction (0 credit)

Block IV (MTLE Pedagogy & Content Area Exams required for licensure)

  • EDUC 456 Inclusive School Communities (2 credits)
  • EDUC 460 Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits)
  • EDUC 461 The Teacher as Educational Advocate (4 credits)

Plus:

  • EDUC 110 Introduction to Music Education I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory II (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory IV (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and WrittenTraditions (4 credits)     
  • MUSC 341 Theory Elective: Musicianship Pedagogy for Music Educators (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)
  • MUSP 103 Skills for Piano Proficiency (0 credit) – Piano Majors Only
  • MUSP 3xx Performance studies (6 semesters) (2 credits each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

Instrumental Concentrations:

  • EDUC 218 Teaching Techniques for the Brass Family (2 credits)
  • EDUC 220 Teaching Techniques for the Percussion Family (2credits)
  • EDUC 221 Teaching Techniques for the Woodwind Family (2 credits)
  • EDUC 324 Teaching Techniques for the String Family (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Concentration (2 credits)
  • EDUC 362 Vocal Pedagogy for Singers (1 credit)

 

 

Music Education – Vocal Music Education (K-12) (B.M.)

Have you always wanted to share your passion for music with others? Would you like to be part of a program that prepares successful music teachers? The mission of UST’s music education program is to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States by promoting artistic, intelligent, reflective and inspired music teaching at all levels of music instruction. Music education students graduate with a K-12 Minnesota teaching license. We are dedicated to helping you become the best and most effective music educator possible.

Degree Requirements

Block I

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credit)
  • EDUC 212 Human Relations and Multicultural Education (4 credits)

Block II (MTLE Basic Skills Test required for admission to program)

  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credit)

Block III

  • EDUC 207 Music Methods Grades PreK-2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 307 Music Methods Grades 3-5 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 314 Music Methods Grades 6-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 418 Choral/Instrumental Music Methods (2 credits)
  • EDUC 383 Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction (0 credit)

Block IV (MTLE Pedagogy & Content Area Exams required for licensure)

  • EDUC 456 Inclusive School Communities (2 credits)
  • EDUC 460 Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits)
  • EDUC 461 The Teacher as Educational Advocate (4 credits)

Plus: 

  • EDUC 110 Introduction to Music Education I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory II (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory IV (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and WrittenTraditions (4 credits)     
  • MUSC 341 Theory Elective: Musicianship Pedagogy for Music Educators (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)
  • MUSP 103 Skills for Piano Proficiency (0 credit) – Piano Majors Only
  • MUSP 3xx Performance studies (6 semesters) (2 credits each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

Vocal Concentrations:

  • EDUC 176 German Diction for Singers (1 credit)
  • EDUC 177 French Diction for Singers (1 credit)
  • EDUC 362 Vocal Pedagogy for Singers (2 credits)
  • EDUC 221 Teaching Techniques for Strings (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)

 

Major in Music (B.A.)

Are you looking to make a career out of your musical interests, but you’re not sure where to begin? The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is a terrific program for those interested in studying the discipline with some of the nation’s best teachers and musicians while preparing themselves for the broadest array of musical professions. Students in this program teach lessons, perform in a variety of venues and even combine their musical interests with other degree areas to create job descriptions that are as unique as their music talents. This is an ideal option for students who are considering a double major.

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:
  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSX xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Plus 7 credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 credits on any secondary instrument, voice or composition (1 or 2 credit hours)
  • MUSP 108 Class Voice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 218 Black American Music: A Historical Survey (4 credits)
  • MUSC 223 Arranging (2 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 281 Introduction to Accompanying (2 credits)
  • MUSC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • MUSC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective: Topics (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Conc. (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 360 History of Music Industry and Music Careers (4 credits) 

Allied requirements

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits)
  • Four credits in Art History or Theater

Major in Music – Liturgical Music (B.A.)

Music in the Catholic Church has a rich heritage and a key role in today’s liturgy. The University of St. Thomas honors this tradition by offering a major in liturgical music. This degree, based in the Music Department but with several courses in theology, prepares undergraduate students for a career in music ministry. Students pursuing the liturgical music major participate in UST’s Liturgical Choir, a premiere choral ensemble that provides music for campus Masses, take an array of courses in music theory and music history, take private lessons and give recitals, and apply the content of the four-year degree through a culminating internship that places students under the tutelage of a respected Twin Cities music minister. One of the few liturgical music programs in the country, St. Thomas is proud to prepare today’s young musicians for a career in the Catholic Church.

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) (0 credits)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:

  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
  • MUSX xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501.
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 232 Introduction to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 302 Introduction to Liturgical Music (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Eight semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - one semester in MUSN 171: one semester in MUSN 172; six semesters in MUSN 143.
    • Voice – a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 143. The remaining two semesters may be in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Guitar – Six semesters in MUSN 143 and two semesters in MUSN 173
    • Other – a minimum of six semesters in ensemble chosen by consultation with the chair.
  • MUSP 2xx Performance Studies (8 semesters) (1 credit each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 450 Level III Recital (0 credit)

Plus four semesters (if principal instrument is not voice) (1 credit each semester)

  • MUSP 133 Voice: Elective

Allied requirements

  • THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 205 Old Testament (4 credits)
  • THEO 210 New Testament (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 310 Christian Worship (4 credits)
  • THEO 313 Christian Sacramentality (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • THEO 430 Music and the Bible (4 credits)
  • THEO 357 Sacred Music of the Catholic Heritage (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • IDSC 478 Experiential Learning (4 credits)
  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ARTH 280 Sacred Architecture and Space (4 credits)
  • ARTH 335 Cathedrals, Monasteries, and Caliphates (4 credits)
  • ARTH 340 Southern Renaissance Art and Society (4 credits)

Major in Music Business (B.A.)

Cross-disciplinary and experiential by design, the music business program combines courses designed to address the most current developments in the music industry, including modern media economics, booking and touring, social media marketing, copyright and publishing, and promotion and publicity, with courses in management, marketing, finance, accounting and entrepreneurship. Together with a world-class music and liberal arts core, and internship opportunities with record labels, radio stations, recording studios, booking agencies, concert venues and industry publications, the music business program at the University of St. Thomas truly prepares students to thrive as leaders of change in the evolving business of music and entertainment.

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) (0 credits)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101 and 102:

  • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
  • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit) 
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 360 History of Music Industry and Music Careers (4 credits)
  • MUSC 480 Music Business Seminar (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for Choosing an Ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two
    • semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least six semesters in ensemble chosen in consultation with the chair.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Allied requirements

  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits) (Social Analysis Core)
  • IDSC 475-77 Experiential Learning: Music Business Internship (2-4 credits)
  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits) (Lab Science Core)

Business Courses:

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credits)
  • FINC 300 Finance for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

(additional business electives, for example advanced accounting, per student are optional)

Plus one of the following:

  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • ENTR 300 Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)

Minor in Music

The music minor is the perfect place for you to explore your interests in music and advance your skills and knowledge during your time at UST. You’ll have the chance to study and learn about music from some of the country’s best educators in the heart of one of the most musically rich cities in the world! Music minors participate in a variety of music classes and ensembles. The broadest of our minor offerings, the minor in music is a great way to stay involved in music while pursuing a different major.

Minor Requirements

  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 115 Understanding Music and Culture ( 4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Four semesters of appropriate Ensemble for principal instrument (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Four semesters of performance studies in same performance medium (50 minute lessons) (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits) 

Plus two credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUSN 1xx Up to 2 semesters of appropriate Ensemble for principle instrument (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 semester of performance studies in any performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 1xx Up to 2 credits on any secondary instrument or voice (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSP 108 Class Voice (1 credit)

Or any additional MUSC course not previously taken 

Minor in Recording Arts

The minor in recording arts provides students with the recording and production skills necessary to succeed in today’s modern media marketplace. Through classroom and hands-on instruction, students develop an understanding of current recording hardware and software, recording and mixing techniques, music composition and songwriting, and the business of music.

Minor Requirements

  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 161 Elements of Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 205 Advanced Studio Recording (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 305 The Art of Mixing (4 credits)

Minor in Popular Music

The minor in popular music is designed to provide students with fundamental skills and performance experiences in popular and contemporary music. The minor offers a strong foundation in instrumental/vocal technique, live performance, popular music theory and history, songwriting, arranging, and modern recording and production techniques. The curriculum combines individual instruction with performance in ensembles in a variety of popular music styles and genres, including rock, R&B, blues, jazz and Latin to name a few.

Minor Requirements

  • MUSC 161 Elements of Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting/Composition (2 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSP 1xx Four semesters of performance studies (50-minute lessons) (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 270 Level 1 Recital (0 credit) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • MUSC 130 Introduction to World Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 162 The Roots of Blues, Rock and Country Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits)
  • MUSC 217 Music of the Americas (4 credits)
  • MUSC 218 Black American Music: A Historical Survey (4 credits)
  • MUSC 219 Music in the United States (4 credits)
  • MUSC 223 Arranging (2 credits) 

Plus four semesters in one or a combination of the following:

  • MUSN 173 Guitar Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 175 Popular Music Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 182 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSN 183 Jazz Singers (1 credit per semester)

Minor in Music Composition

In composition studies, students collaborate with experienced composers in writing and performing their original music. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual artistic style, while studying the techniques of composing and arranging for a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments and voices. UST students write music in a variety of genres that range from orchestral and choral music to rock and music for video. Most importantly, students have ample opportunities to have their music performed by student soloists and ensembles as well as by professional musicians. The minor culminates in a recital of the student’s compositions. Courses include individual composition lessons, songwriting, music theory, orchestration, conducting, pop music fundamentals, as well as performance lessons and ensembles.

Minor Requirements

  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Intro to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSN 1xx Four semesters of Ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • including at least one semester of MUSN 176 New Music Ensemble.
  • MUSP 165 Four semesters of Composition Studies (50 minute lessons) (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 270 Level 1 Composition Recital (0 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following, two of which need to be at the 200 level or above:

  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 224 Songwriting (2 credits)
  • MUSC 232 Intro to Conducting II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 340 Music Theory Elective: Topics (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Concentration (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)

What Can I Do With A Music Major?

We're dedicated to helpings students realize their full potentials in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals.  Check out what our alums are doing, learn why you should study music at UST, and read more about careers in music.

UST Music Alums: What Are They Doing?

Music Education, Vocal or Instrumental

  • Work in Minnesota and across the United States as elementary, secondary, and college music educators (nearly 100% of music education students are employed within one year of graduation)

Music Performance

  • Perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Minnesota Opera, and major orchestras across the United States
  • Perform in professional jazz and rock bands
  • Pursue graduate studies at some of the top graduate schools in the country

Music Business

  • Founder of West Hennepin Recording Company (Robert Rasmussen, '13)
  • Music Journalist at A.V. Club (Mark Steward, '13)
  • Accounting/Artist Relations Assistant at First Avenue (Taylor Bakken, '12)
  • Chorus Manager for the Boston Symphony (Eric Johnson, '07)

Liturgical Music

  • Serve as music ministers through the United States
  • Pursue upper-level degrees and teach at colleges and universities such as Gonzaga and Marquette
  • Coordinator of Liturgical Celebrations at UST (Kellen O'Grady, '10)
  • Director of Liturgy and Chapel Music at UST (Aaron Brown, '05)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Composer, conductor and doctoral student (Josh Bauder, '10)
  • Freelance musician, Music Director at SoulLections, and studio teacher (David Feily, '11)
  • The ideal degree for students who are considering a double major.  Seven elective credits allow for flexibility and customization