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Music in the Church Major

St. Kate’s Music in the Church major offers you the opportunity to engage in the serious, in-depth study of music and its place in liturgy. It explores the historical, social and cultural issues that have shaped the music of the church, while fostering the development of practical skills. 

You will take most of your courses from the Department of Music and Theater, and two required courses from St. Kate’s theology department. Our rigorous curriculum is designed so you gain:

  • an understanding and appreciation of the nature, history and diversity of music over the centuries and across cultures and, in particular, an understanding of the role of music in Christian worship.
  • a working knowledge of the doctrines, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church, particularly as these relate to liturgical celebrations in the present day.
  • the practical skills, musicianship and experience necessary to serve as a leader of music in worship.

During your time at St. Kate’s, you will work closely with the University’s coordinator of music and liturgy, as well as with our talented music and theology faculty, and local church musicians.

Course requirements

  • MUS 1130: Music Skills I
  • MUS 1150: The Art of Listening
  • MUS 2130: Music Skills II
  • MUS 2180: World Music
  • MUS 3250: Music of the Church: Historical Perspectives
  • THEO 2600: Mystery Called Church or THEO 2800: Christian Sacramentality
  • THEO 4994: Topics: Liturgical Theology
  • MUS 4850: Practical Seminar in Church Music
  • 4 semesters of lessons, 1000 or 2000 level (1 credit per semester)
  • 8 semesters of ensembles (1 credit per semester)