About the Program
The Music Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers classes, private lessons, and ensembles to all students as well as a B.A. degree in Music. Prospective majors must audition for the faculty for scholarships and admission to the program.
Graduates have gone on to graduate study in music as well as positions in music management, arts education, and church music.
Applied Music: Private Study
The Music Program offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and most orchestral instruments at all levels. An additional fee is attached to the weekly lessons, taught by active artist performers.
Performing groups at Saint Louis University include Mastersingers, University Chorale, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Concert Wind Ensemble, and the Billiken Pep Band.
The Mastersingers is the select, auditioned, vocal ensemble at Saint Louis University, and students must be accepted into the group before registering. Students may register in Banner for all other ensembles with placement auditions occurring the first week of classes.
Students must perform an entrance audition for admission to the program and placement in one of the two degree options (Music Performance/Music Studies).
No more than 18 (eighteen) total credit hours in music will be accepted in transfer.
No ensemble credits (chorus, choir, band, orchestra, small ensembles) will be accepted as transfer hours.
No more than eight Applied Music credits (Private Lessons) will be accepted as transfer hours. Credits will be accepted ONLY on the student's major instrument, ONLY at grade B or above, and ONLY for lessons taken in the previous three years (from date of admission).
Transferring students must undergo placement exams in piano, may be required to retake one or more piano classes, and will be required to pass the regular Piano Proficiency Exam (MUSC 295) before graduation.
Students entering with Music Theory credits (I, II, III, IV) that were taken more than three years before transfer must take a placement/proficiency exam, and may be required to re-take some or all of the four-course Theory sequence.
SLU has no comparable course to SLCC MUS 111-112 (‘Introduction to Music Lit I, II') series, and it therefore may not be used as an elective by music majors.
Neither ‘Basic Music' at SLCC nor our ‘Fundamentals of Music' course is an
acceptable music elective for music majors. This course in music literacy is designed for non-majors, but may be necessary remedial work for some music majors before taking Theory I.
In general, 500-level courses from the junior college district will not be transferred.