Saint Louis University

Major in Music

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate music degree.

Saint Louis University Music Degree Overview 

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.

If you choose to major in music at SLU, you'll have the opportunity to perform and study music through private lessons, studio classes, courses in music theory and literature, and participation in ensembles, including the University Chorale, 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 varied 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, Symphony Chorus, Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis and the American Kantorei.

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

What You'll Learn in SLU's Music Program

Under faculty advisement, undergraduate students in Saint Louis University's music program pursue an emphasis in either music performance or music studies following their second semester of study.

SLU's music performance emphasis requires 16 credit hours of applied music lessons on a major instrument, leading to the performance of solo junior and senior recitals. In the music studies emphasis, students pursue a second major or minor in another field. The music studies emphasis also requires a research methods course in your junior year, leading to the writing and presentation of a research capstone in your senior year.

Members of SLU's music faculty specialize in American musical styles, music history, theory and composition, piano performance, vocal coaching, women composers, conducting and choral literature. Music majors at SLU also get a broad liberal arts education and take courses in world history, literature, foreign languages, science, mathematics, philosophy, social science and theology.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Music from SLU?  

A degree in music from SLU prepares you for graduate study in music performance, music education or musicology, or careers in:
  • Music management and business
  • Music education
  • Music performance
  • Religious music programming
  • Music therapy

Learn more about  SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.  

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