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SLU Music Program

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

SLU Music Performance

In addition to the major and minor, all classes, lessons and ensembles are open to all SLU students.

Applied Music: Private Study

The music program offers private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and most orchestral instruments at all levels. A fee of $325 per credit hour is applied to all sections of Applied Music.

Music Degree Programs

Admittance to the Music Program as a Music Major

The Music Program offers a BA degree in Music in the areas of voice and piano. All prospective music majors must successfully pass an entrance audition before being permitted to declare the music major. In the audition, prospective students will demonstrate minimum competencies in ability and technique in voice or piano.

To arrange an on-campus audition, contact the Music Program Director Dr. Aaron Johnson at If you are unable to audition on campus, you may submit a videotaped/digital audition via Acceptd.

Submit a Digital Audition

Digitally submitted auditions should not be edited or enhanced with reverb or other effects.

In order to be considered for music scholarships, the music major entrance audition must be completed before March 1.

Audition Requirements for the Music Major


Prepare two memorized works from contrasting style periods (i.e., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th Century). The pieces played should be at least late-intermediate level in difficulty, such as Bach Two-Part Inventions, Clementi sonatinas, and the Debussy Arabesques.


Prepare two contrasting selections from two of the categories below:

  1. Standard Musical Theatre Repertoire (from Golden Age to Contemporary) 
  2. Standard Classical Repertoire (art song or aria in English, traditional folk song or spiritual)
  3. Standard Classical Repertoire (art song or aria in a language other than English)

Songs must be performed from memory.

Music Scholarships at SLU

All music majors are eligible for music scholarships. The scholarship audition is combined with the admission audition.

Music Scholarship Talent Award

The Music Talent scholarship is awarded to music majors solely on the basis of performing ability and promise as determined by full-time faculty. Talent scholarships are renewable annually. This award is open only to music majors.

Father Guentner Scholarship Award

The Father Guentner Scholarship is awarded to music majors to cover the fees attached to applied music lessons required for the degree. This award is open only to music majors.

All music talent scholarships and Guentner Award recipients must meet the following requirements for annual renewal:

  • Successful audition
  • Formal declaration of a music major with the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Membership in an ensemble each semester
  • Steady progress toward the degree
  • Attend a minimum number of Music Program recitals, concerts and events each semester
  • Performance on at least one Friday afternoon student recital per semester
  • Departmental service
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all music course work

Frequently Asked Questions

How large is SLU's music department?

SLU has four full-time and 20 adjunct music faculty members, with approximately 25 music majors and 40 music minors. In addition, every semester more than 350 students from around the University are enrolled in music ensembles, classes and lessons.

Is it possible to double-major in music and another field?

Yes, many of our music majors have another major as well. The study of music partners well with many other areas of study. The Bachelor of Arts curriculum was devised to make it easy to major or minor in another subject.

Are there internship opportunities?

All SLU music faculty are working professionals in St. Louis and beyond. Their many connections allow them to help students find internships or part-time work in almost any area of music. In the past students have been interns at the St. Louis Symphony, Union Avenue Opera, and the Muny.

Is it possible to be involved with other extracurricular activities outside music?
Yes. SLU music students often participate in the Student Government Association, Greek Life, and service-learning communities, such as Micah House. Music students are also members of student-led groups including the SLU Music Honor Society, Forte, and a cappella groups including Astha, the Bare Naked Statues, Beyond All Reason and Decadence. Music is a major time commitment, but students should also nurture other aspects of life and the college experience.
Can I continue my involvement with music at SLU even if I am not a music major?
Yes. The SLU music program’s private lessons, classes and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. In keeping with our liberal arts tradition, we want all students, whether or not they are aiming for professional music careers, to explore and continue their musical learning. 
Do music classes count toward the College of Arts and Sciences Core requirements?
Yes, almost all music classes will count toward the three-credit fine arts requirement.
Do I have to major in music to be in the ensembles? What about auditions?
No, all interested and qualified SLU students, staff and faculty are welcome in the following vocal and instrumental ensembles. Learn more about SLU ensembles.
Can I take private lessons at SLU?
Yes, all SLU students may take private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and most orchestral instruments at all levels. An extra fee per credit hour, in addition to tuition, is charged for these courses. Applied music lessons (MUSC 2010 and MUSC 2100) are listed in the course catalog along with the rest of the music courses, and can be taken for one to two credit hours. An additional fee ($325 per credit hour) is attached to the weekly lessons, taught by active artist performers.

Does SLU's music program have practice rooms or rehearsal spaces available for student use?
Due to limited space, practice rooms are available only to SLU students currently enrolled in private lessons for college credit. Some general classrooms in Xavier Hall with pianos are available for recreational or student-led group use, but must be booked in advance. 
Is St. Louis a good city for music?
 St. Louis is an active city for both amateur and professional music-making. There are numerous music venues of various shapes and sizes in the St. Louis area. We have access to all of them. Students can walk to Jazz at the Bistro, the St. Louis Symphony, the Fox Theatre and Sheldon Concert Hall.