Music

In the Music Department at St. Mary’s University, students explore the varied musical traditions of the past and present through a curriculum of historical, theoretical and applied courses. The program trains musicians to be teachers and performers, and prepares them to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees.

The Department of Music also celebrates the creative human spirit through musical performance. Students often collaborate with the Drama department to produce and perform in musicals and operas.


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About the Program

Students take a variety of courses, including music theory, music history, conducting, improvisation, arranging and orchestration. They also participate in a variety of music ensembles. All Music majors take private lessons on their chosen instrument or voice throughout their academic career. St. Mary stock images

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music or in Music With Teacher Certification, with either vocal or instrumental concentrations. A minor in Music is also available to students. Students of all majors can take courses in Music to fulfill the requirements of the
Core Curriculum.

Programs of Study


Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal)

Requires a minimum of 71 course hours (including ensembles) within the major


Bachelor of Arts in Music With Teacher Certification (Vocal)

Requires a minimum of 66 course hours in Music (including ensembles), 21 course hours in Teacher Certification


Bachelor of Arts in Music (Instrumental)

Requires a minimum of 67 course hours (including ensembles) within the major


Bachelor of Arts in Music With Teacher Certification (Instrumental)

Requires a minimum of 68 course hours in Music (including ensembles), 21 course hours in Teacher Certification


 Music Minor

Requires a minimum of 23 course hours within the field, and ensemble participation


For information on specific courses and degree plans, refer to the Music section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

For information on the minors available, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

Course Areas

Applied lessons

Arranging and orchestration

Aural skills

Conducting

Form and analysis

Improvisation

Music ensembles

Music history

Music methods

Piano literature

Piano proficiency

Techniques of teaching

Vocal pedagogy

World music

Music Ensembles

Brass Ensemble

Chapel Choir

Concert Band

Concert Choir

Flute Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

Jazz Combo

Jazz Orchestra

Opera Workshop

Percussion Ensemble

Rattler Band

String Ensemble

Woodwind Ensemble

Jazz Festival

IMG_6394-editFor more than 50 years, St. Mary’s has hosted the annual Fiesta Jazz Festival. Renowned local, regional and national jazz musicians come to the University to perform for the St. Mary’s and San Antonio communities. St. Mary’s Jazz Band students perform, attend clinics, and see and hear award-winning instrumentalists.

Department Mission

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It is the mission of the Department of Music to provide the artistic foundation for the University.  The department contributes to the advancement of the human family in two ways: by expanding aesthetic awareness in the community, and by celebrating the creative human spirit though musical performance.

In its educational role the department offers historical, theoretical, and applied classes which explore the varied artistic traditions of the past and present.  The Department of Music strives to introduce undergraduate students to western civilization’s musical heritage.

Committed to artistic excellence, the department serves the university and the city of San Antonio with performances and exhibits that, while striving toward inclusiveness, promote the Catholic artistic tradition and engage in interpreting the ever-present dialogue between faith and culture.

Next Steps

Want to learn more about the St. Mary’s University Music Program or are you ready to apply?

Brother Michael Sullivan, S.M., Chair
Treadaway Hall, Room 203
210-431-6796

Edith Ortega, Administrative Assistant
Treadaway Hall, Room 2
210-436-3421

Read more in the Undergraduate Catalog

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