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Music

Music Programs

About the Degrees in Music

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers three degree programs: a bachelor of music in performance with piano, organ, voice, guitar or orchestra/band instruments as the major area of concentration; a bachelor of music in music education (K-12), with the teaching of music as the major area of concentration; and a bachelor of arts in music. In the music education program, the student may prepare for a teaching career in either vocal or instrumental music or a combination of the two. The music education programs are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Saint Xavier University Department of Music offers quality music programs, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, which prepare music students for careers in the field of music. The Music Department provides a supportive learning environment that promotes the attainment of knowledge and artistic expression within a broad cultural context serving the University and surrounding community with a variety of cultural opportunities and educational activities.

Music Secondary Education (K-12)

Within the bachelor of music in music education degree, a student prepares for a teaching career in either vocal or instrumental music or a combination of the two. SXU music education degree programs are certified K-12 by the Illinois State Board of Education. The prospective music teacher will develop skills in musicianship and performance, in addition to learning to be a sensitive ensemble conductor. Students will gain knowledge in teaching music at a variety of levels to different age groups and in different settings, while developing a strong understanding of child growth and development. Learning to assess the progress of music students while acquiring the knowledge of excellent methods of teaching is essential to this program.

This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Performance Major

Students enrolled in the bachelor of music in performance degree develop a wide range of knowledge, skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to the professional life of a musician; technical competence; a broad knowledge of music and music literature; the ability to integrate musical knowledge and skills; sensitivity to musical styles; and insight into the role of music in intellectual and cultural life.

Performance majors develop appropriate technical skills through weekly lessons and performance classes, musicianship and understanding of the repertory needed for artistic self-expression through the study of music theory, music history, literature and pedagogy courses, and perform regularly as members of large ensembles. They have the opportunity to perform advanced literature as soloists in solo recital and with ensembles.

Students may choose to study piano, harpsichord, organ, voice, guitar or orchestra/band instruments as the major area of concentration within the bachelor of music in performance degree program.

This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

BA in Music

The bachelor of arts in music curriculum is designed to give students a broad education in music within the liberal arts setting. The focus of the degree is on the development of basic musicianship, the ability to perform music, and the development of a broad knowledge of the foundation and principles of music as an art form. The large number of electives in this major allows a student to complete a second major or carefully select additional music courses in order to pursue graduate level study in music.

Students enrolled in the bachelor of arts in music degree will develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and competencies expected to those holding a liberal arts degree in music.

Minor in Music

Students may choose to minor in music, complementing another degree program, such as psychology, business, computer science, elementary education or other areas of study. Minoring in music while studying psychology, for example, could lead a student into the music therapy profession. Adding music to a business degree program will not only help the student to be more liberally educated but provide a possible career path in the field of music business. The computer science and music combination is an essential one for studio and professional recording work. It is possible for elementary and secondary education majors to minor in music and apply for a secondary certification for teaching. The minor in music includes lessons in the chosen instrument or voice, theory, aural skills, keyboard skills and coursework in music history. All music minors participate in the appropriate large ensemble each semester until graduation.

Participating in Music as a Non-major

Students with at least intermediate playing or singing skills but not wishing to major or minor in music are welcomed into music department ensembles! They may also enroll in Class Piano (MUS 107), Vocal Technique (MUS 103), Guitar Class (MUS 104) and in private lessons (as determined by the appropriate applied instructor). Performing ensembles include University Chorale, Concert and Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble and many others. Students with at least intermediate playing or singing ability should contact the appropriate faculty member in the Music Department for more information.

Registration and participation in these classes, ensembles and applied lessons may count toward the Literature and Fine Arts core requirement.