Music | Mount St. Joseph University
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This degree teaches performance skills and provides knowledge for careers requiring general musicianship.

The Music Department is committed to training a versatile, competitive, and marketable student via a renowned faculty and advanced curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in all facets of the music industry; from studio recording to performing in Broadway musicals; from private lesson teaching to professional orchestra rehearsals. 

We strive to help our students become more competitive, marketable and versatile.  We offer two concentrations: Music Education and Music Pedagogy.

Our department is committed to developing complete musicians who will be prepared to make an educated decision about a career in the music industry. We do this through on and off campus performance opportunities and state-of-the-art technology integrated into both theoretical and historical studies of music. All students majoring in music perform in student recitals at the University throughout the year and are required to demonstrate proficiency in basic musicianship, voice and piano. An audition for initial acceptance into the music program is required.

Featured Courses:

  • Music Literature
  • University Band
  • World Music
  • Orchestra
  • University Singers

Our Music Education program prepares the student to be a productive and competitive music educator. When course work is completed, a provisional multi-age license (ages 3-21) is available through the Education Department. This certifies graduates to teach in private, parochial and public schools.

Career Potential:

Professional musicians typically work in several areas of music, including teaching, performing and composing/arranging. These careers vary between employment at institutions such as schools, orchestras, publishing houses and in an entrepreneurial (self-employed/independent) arrangement. Many professional musicians find it beneficial to maintain contacts throughout the music, education and entertainment industries.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent music program news and events; visit the department of music page.

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