Music department

"Let us rise in chanting that our hearts and voices harmonize."
(The Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 19)

An education in music leads to an understanding of ways to explore the nature of existence, communicate to others, and create works of enduring value. The mission of the Music Department is to serve students of all levels of interest and skill by empowering them to experience and express themselves through music and, in so doing, to help them exemplify Benedictine ideals of academic excellence, cultural development, personal integrity and community service.

Music courses help students develop skills and knowledge in music theory, music history and literature and music performance. All areas of music study help students develop an understanding of aesthetic effects produced by the materials, organization, and cultural context of a work of art.

Music majors may choose among four concentrations: Music Performance, Music Education, Music Literature and Music Management. Music Performance students may specialize in piano pedagogy. Music Education students choose one of two tracks leading to K-12 licensure: vocal music education or instrumental music education.

Chair: Jeremy Craycraft, Ph.D.

Music major

The 49-credit music major is comprised of courses that exp0se majors to a variety of analytical, historical and foundational courses.  Courses will also help students to develop skills as a solo or ensmble performer.  All music majors are required to enroll in Contemporary Musicianship before taking the three music theory courses.

Required courses are Contemporary Musicianship, MUS 1101 Music Theory I, MUS 1102 Music Theory II, MUS 2101 Music Theory III, 8 credits of Music History courses, MUS 3309 World Music, 6 credits of ensembles, 8 credits of lessons, 4 music elective credits, a Level I Sophomore Milestone, a MUS 4297 or MUS 4888 Level II Senior Capstone, and MUS 1390 recital attendance

An ensemble (MUS 1210, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214, 3210, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214, 4211, or approved off-campus ensemble) must be taken each semester for a total of at least eight semesters with a maximum of 12 credits allowed. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester. General education language requirement must be passed in French or German (or Italian).

Music Education 

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 1421, 2111, 2112, 2251, 2252, 2297, 2298, 2411, 2412, 2413, 3111, 3112, 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312, 3298, 3411, 3412, 3413 or 3414, 3415, 3416 or 3417, 4297. Language requirements must be fulfilled in French, German, or Spanish (or Italian). See also the Education Department for requirements for Secondary Licensure. Music Education students must take a minimum of 12 credits of music lessons on the major instrument/voice, completing the 4000 level, with a maximum of 24 credits allowed. An ensemble (MUS 1210, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214, 3210, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3214, 4211, or approved off-campus ensemble) must be taken each semester for a total of seven semesters. At least four semesters must be in choir, band or orchestra and three semesters must be in other ensembles. Music lessons and ensembles need not be taken while student teaching. MUS 1390 must be taken each semester.

Music minor

MUS 1101, 1102, 1302, 2251; at least 10 credits combined total of music lessons and ensembles - minimum of two semesters of lessons, minimum of two semesters of ensembles; four credits of electives chosen with the consent of the department chair from MUS 2111, 2112, 2411, 2412, 2413, 3111, 3112, 3309, 3310, 3311, 3312 or 3281. Total of 26 credits.

Opportunities for additional experiences include:

  1. Teaching children in the St. Scholastica Music Preparatory Department under faculty guidance.
  2. Conducting or accompanying church choirs.
  3. Playing or singing in community ensembles.
  4. Performing for events on and off campus.


At the completion of the sophomore year, students make formal application to the department. Students not qualified by completion of their second year may need additional time to complete upper-division courses.

Minimum admission requirements are:

  1. Junior-level standing.
  2. (A) For Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Management students: admission to 3000-level of music lessons (includes giving a sophomore recital) and completion of MUS 2298 Keyboard/Sight-singing Proficiency. (B) For Music Literature students: two semesters of music lessons on the main instrument/voice.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Retention requirements:

Students must earn a minimum of C- in all courses required for the major and remain in good academic standing with the College to maintain status as a Music major.

All Music majors (except senior Music Literature students) take music lessons in their major performance area each semester until performance requirements are satisfied. Performance finals are required each semester on the major instrument. Students may take a maximum of three music lessons/performance classes each semester. Music lessons may be taken for one, two or four credits (four-credit lessons require 50-minute lessons) each semester. See specific requirements for each concentration (above). Class piano or piano lessons must be taken each semester until completion of MUS 2298.

All Music majors (with exceptions noted above) participate in an ensemble each semester. Students in ensembles are expected to participate in all performances on and off campus and to attend any necessary extra rehearsals. See specific requirements for each concentration given above. Ensembles may be taken for one or zero credits.