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B.A. Music

Fast Facts: Music Major and Minor

  • The music program prepares students for careers in the arts and music-related endeavors
  • 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 lifelong 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
  • All students, regardless of intended major, are encouraged to participate in a variety of ensemble offerings including Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Concert BandJazz Band, Cantus Corde, Steel Band, String Orchestra, Vocal Revolution and Vox Anima. Community outreach and touring expectations are integral to the mission of all ensembles.
  • High school students are encouraged to apply for the Sister Monica Laughlin Music Ensemble Scholarship. Further requirements and details available on the music scholarship webpage.

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


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.

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Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

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  • "Through music professors that set you up for great success and always push you higher, I have been not only transformed as a musician, but as a person. The pieces I have learned have helped me grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, educationally and personally."

    – Kalina Groothuis, ’17

  • "I'm a social work major, but music has been a fundamental part of my college experience. I've been in choir for all four years here at CSS; it has allowed me to let go of hardships in my life and give others the ability to experience something larger than themselves."

    – Corey Bardon, '17