The music major or minor at Saint Joseph’s University provides a comprehensive curriculum that deepens musical understanding and awareness, fosters creative expression and encourages critical analysis and inquiry. It combines coursework in music theory, composition, history and performance.
What is a Music Major?
Saint Joseph's University's music degree equips you with the tools to understand and evaluate an existing body of musical work in both cultural and historic terms. This program will provide the technical skills needed to bring one's own musical compositions to fruition.
Our music faculty members at Saint Joseph’s University are accomplished, award-winning professionals whose primary focus is to provide an excellent, personalized education. As mentors, they believe in each student's talent and will challenge and inspire you to reach your full potential.
What is a Music Minor?
The minor in music will deepen your understanding of and appreciation for music. The curriculum offers students majoring in another discipline the opportunity to explore their interest in the art form in a number of dynamic courses that cover fundamentals, theory, composition, history and performance in a department-sponsored performance ensemble or private studio.
Ways to Study Music
You can pursue a major in music, double major in music and another subject or add a music minor to any other major.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Music?
Whether your goal is to work in a recording studio, coordinate musical productions, compose and arrange music or perform on stage, a degree from Saint Joseph's University will prepare you for a successful career in music. Some of the many career opportunities music majors have gone on to pursue include:
- Music producer
- Orchestral musician
- Artist manager
- Music tour manager
- Music therapist
- Booking agent
- Music arranger
- Music education
How will Saint Joseph’s University Prepare You for a Career in Music?
You will participate in several performance ensembles sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre and Film that offer various opportunities to engage in the art form. These include:
- Big Band Jazz Ensemble
- Jazz Combo
- Pep Band
- University Singers
- Concert Choir
- SJU Theatre Company
You will also have the opportunity to participate in various chamber music ensembles, presenting a wide array of events throughout the year. Individual lessons in voice, strings, trumpet, guitar and piano are also offered.
Music majors receive excellent preparation for further study at the graduate level, and many students pursue careers in music or excel in professions that combine music with other disciplines.