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Fast Facts: Music

  • Prepares students for careers in education, the arts, and business and entertainment
  • Helps students polish skills for a music-related career
  • Truly integrates the Benedictine tradition, in which music helps students  balance  intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development; build community, share hospitality, value diversity and nurture a love for life-long learning
  • All students (not just music majors) are welcome to perform in a variety of music ensembles, audition for select touring ensembles, take courses in a wide variety of musical topics, minor in music and apply for music scholarships
  • Music ensembles include: concert choir, women's choirs, vocal revolution, concert band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, guitar ensemble, steel band, world drumming ensemble, drumline

Program Requirements

Major: 50-77 credits (depending on concentration)
Minor: 26 credits (minimum of 10 credits must be gained through music lessons and ensembles)

Research or Internships

Music education majors are required to complete student teaching. For other music majors, internships are optional. Some music majors teach pre-college students in the St. Scholastica Music Preparatory Department. Others have interned in music stores and symphonies.


With four concentrations of music study from which to choose, program graduates have many career opportunities available. CSS students have become music teachers at public schools in Minnesota and beyond; music studio and store owners; professional performers, church musicians, and symphony orchestra managers. Other alumni have gone on to graduate school as performers, educators, or music history or theory scholars at universities such as Yale University, Indiana University and Washington University in St. Louis. CSS music alumni also serve as faculty at Ohio State University, Viterbo College and Truman State University. Read this article from Forbes Magazine about the benefits and skills students can develop from studying music.

More information regarding the music program.

Become a music teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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  • "Every day I use the solid foundation that my education at St. Scholastica gave me...I continue to find the greatest enjoyment and satisfaction in teaching students of all skill levels, performing at events, and continuing to build the Event Entertainment Agency I started when I was attending CSS."

    – RaeAnn Hamlin, ‘97