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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica is the ideal place to study music. Our holistic education blends intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development. You’ll learn to build a vibrant artistic community that focus on high-quality experiential learning and civic engagement rooted in the College’s Benedictine values. All the while, our liberal arts curriculum will mold you into a well-rounded student with heightened critical thinking skills.

Your coursework in history, theory and applied study will delve into a diverse variety of music-related topics, giving you a deeper understanding of the performing arts. You’ll enjoy individualized relationships with your professors, world-class musicians themselves with a passion for performing.

Students develop adaptable and transferable skills that can lead to both educational settings and other creative, entrepreneurial opportunities. Program graduates have become professional performers, music teachers, music studio owners and more.

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Students pursuing music are eligible to apply for the Sister Monica Laughlin Music Ensemble Scholarship.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


Program Requirements

BA in Music Performance: 49 credits
BA in Music Education: 68 credits (plus student teaching and additional education major requirements)
Minor: 21 credits

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


MUS 1000 – Contemporary Musicianship

Surveys the knowledge and “tools” that one must be aware of as a musician in current times. Students are introduced to and explore the sounds and language used by musicians to discuss, analyze, interpret, create and perform music (conceptual and practical). Students will develop their musicianship through the practice of skills on their primary instrument, their voice/bodies, the piano, composition, and improvisation. Students will be asked to be civic minded in their pursuit of musical knowledge–how can and should musicians be relevant in modern society.

MUS 1101 – Music Theory I

Basic musicianship course, including study of materials and language of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, chords, part-writing, analysis of masterworks. Approach is from both conceptual and performance standpoint: hearing, writing, playing, singing.

MUS 3309 – World Music

Study of art, folk, and popular music of both Eastern and Western cultures and relationship of the music to the history, geography and society of the region. No prerequisites or musical experience necessary.

Career Outlook

Our program graduates have become professional performers, music teachers, music studio owners and teachers, and music organization managers. Other alumni have continued their education in various graduate school programs across the country.



Spotlight Arts and Lectures celebrates arts of all kinds, especially music. Throughout the year, the Music Department sponsors student performances, faculty recitals and ensemble concerts.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.