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. The mission of the Music Department is to foster comprehensive musicianship that teaches students to hear, comprehend, write, and perform various musical styles. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue professional careers and graduate study.

Structural, cognitive, and aesthetic aspects of music are investigated and cultivated through participation in vocal and instrumental ensembles and in private study. Applications for theoretical studies in music are enhanced by use of state-of-the-art technology in ear-training and sight singing. Music Majors perform throughout the year in formal Concerts with the University Band and the University Singers, Student Recitals, Mass Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, and are often featured on Open Mic Night. An audition for initial acceptance into the music program is required.

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

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.

Benefits of the Program:

Students majoring in music can earn their Bachelor of Arts in music in three years. A three year program allows students to complete their degree faster, move towards a graduate degree earlier, or have the time to pursue a double major. Students have the opportunity to study with in-demand musicians who are active in the regional performance scene, as well in the international academic field. A low student-to-faculty ratio sets the stage for true mentoring relationships to develop.

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

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