Music Studies Major

St. Kate’s music studies major incorporates a broad spectrum of courses about music and its function in society, with specialized study in particular areas of interest. Our innovative curriculum allows you:

  • to develop individual performance skills in music,
  • to participate in music performances,
  • to deepen your appreciation of and literacy in music traditions of the west, and
  • to explore global perspectives through the arts. 

You also develop leadership skills that will enable you to adapt to the ever-changing career opportunities in music. These include working in the music industry, serving in the nonprofit sector, and pursuing graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology and performance.

All our music studies majors are actively engaged in the study of music in its various forms throughout the world. Some students focus on the historical and cultural aspects of music; others prefer to concentrate on developing their performance skills. In other words, we have a path for you wherever your musical interest lies.

Course requirements

  • MUS 1130: Music Skills I
  • MUS 1150: The Art of Listening
  • MUS 2130: Music Skills II
  • MUS 2180: World Music
  • 4 semesters of lessons, 1000 or 2000 level (1 credit per semester)
  • 4 semesters of ensemble (1 credit per semester)
  • MUS 4954: Independent Study: Senior Lecture/Recital or Senior Research Presentation
  • Students choose three of the following (one must be MUS 3250 or 3350):
    • MUS 2200: History of Rock
    • MUS 3250: Music of the Church: Historical Perspectives
    • MUS 3350: Women and Music
    • MUS 4994: Topics: Music and Healing
    • 4 additonal semesters of lessons, 3000 or 4000 level (1 credit per semester)
    • Any other 3000 or 4000 level music course (1 credit per semester)