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Saint Louis University’s undergraduate program in music will provide you with a solid background in music theory, history and performance, as well as the opportunity to participate in vocal or instrumental groups.

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Major in Music

You'll perform and study music in private lessons and studio classes and take courses in music theory and literature. You’ll also have the chance to participate in ensembles, including the University Chorale, Saint Louis University Mastersingers, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Pep Band and Jazz Ensemble, as well as smaller ensembles for guitarists, pianists and string quartets.

Every semester, SLU's music program presents a series of concerts, recitals, lectures and master classes by students, faculty and guest artists. Additional performance opportunities for advanced student musicians include the Saint Louis Youth Orchestra or Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis and the American Kantorei.

Prospective music majors must audition for acceptance into SLU’s music program. Following your acceptance, you’ll be advised by expert faculty as you pursue an emphasis in either music performance or music studies.

  • Music Performance Concentration: SLU's music performance concentration requires 16 credit hours of instrument or vocal lessons, leading to the performance of solo junior and senior recitals.

  • Music Studies Concentration: In the music studies concentration, students pursue a second major or minor in another field. You’ll also complete a research methods course in your junior year, leading to the presentation of an individualized research capstone in your senior year.

    Both options require a minimum of 36 credit hours in music courses for graduation. All students, regardless of emphasis, must pass a piano proficiency exam by the end of their junior year.

SLU's music program also offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and most orchestral instruments at all levels. An additional fee is attached to the weekly lessons, which are taught by active artist performers.

Curriculum
  • MUSC 2260: Music Computer Skills
  • MUSC 2270: Music Theory I
  • MUSC 2280: Music Theory II
  • MUSC 2500: Piano III
  • MUSC 2510: Piano IV
  • MUSC 3270: Music Theory III
  • MUSC 3290: Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 3300: Music History I
  • MUSC 3310: Music History II
  • MUSC 4410: Conducting
Internships and Careers

A degree in music from SLU prepares you for graduate study in music performance, music education or musicology. Music majors often have high acceptance rates into professional programs such as law, medicine or business after graduation. You’ll also be prepared for a career in:

  • Music management and business
  • Music education
  • Music performance
  • Religious music programming
  • Music therapy
Faculty

SLU’s music faculty is comprised of 25 full-time and part-time professors, all with advanced degrees and active performance careers in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Specialties of the faculty include American musical styles, music history, theory and composition, piano performance, vocal coaching, world music and much more.

Admission Requirements

All prospective music majors at SLU must audition for admission to the program. Admission to SLU's music program is based on musicianship, talent and background training.

Live auditions are scheduled in November and February, but students may request auditions at other times. To schedule an audition, contact the department at arts@slu.edu.

Students who are unable to audition on-campus may also submit an audition via the Get Acceptd app.

Additional Information

Music scholarships are available to all music majors.

Minor in Music

Students pursuing a minor in music at SLU must complete 21 music credit hours and participate in a performance ensemble for three semesters. The minor requires two credit hours of piano studies, 12 credit hours of music history and theory, four credit hours of music literature and four credit hours of music lessons. You will also be required to attend a recital every semester.


Performance Opportunities

Participate in University Ensembles

SLU offers all students — music majors or not — multiple opportunities to take part in University ensembles and performance groups, music classes and private lessons. Many of our music majors choose to pursue an additional major or minor in fields as diverse as psychology, computer science and physical therapy.