Major in 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.

What do UST alums do with a liturgical music degree?

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

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)
  • 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 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (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 114 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 214 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • 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)
  • ARTH 342 Renaissance and Reformation in Northern Europe (4 credits)