Degrees and Requirements

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MUSIC DEGREES

Gonzaga is the only Jesuit university on the West Coast that offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.  Our alumni are successful music educators, performers, composers, church musicians, and arts administrators, and many continue studying in prestigious graduate programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • All students participate in courses in Music Theory, Music History, Conducting, New Music Ensemble, lessons and ensembles
  • Concentration in Performance offers excellence through additional courses in pedagogy, repertoire and recitals.  Students study privately with one of our distinguished faculty.
  • Concentration in Composition prepares students to learn the craft of composing music through individual study, seminars and recitals.
  • General Music Studies allows students research options and an internship track enabling seniors to apply music skills in a professional setting.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
  • Of the 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Gonzaga is one of only three that offer this degree.  Upon completion, students are certified to teach music in elementary and secondary schools in Washington State and 46 reciprocating states.  Students may focus in choral or instrumental music education.
Minors
  • General Music
  • Jazz Performance
  • Conducting
  • Interdisciplinary Arts (in conjunction with Theatre & Dance and Art)

REQUIREMENTS

Piano Proficiency
  • All music majors are required to pass the piano proficiency exam, preferably during their freshman year.  More information can be found in the student handbook.
Concert Attendance
  • All students enrolled in a music course are required to attend at least three live performances during the semester for which they are enrolled.
  • Music majors are required to attend at least six live performances each semester.
  • More information can be found in the student handbook.
Lessons & Ensembles
  • All music majors are required to participate in lessons and ensemble(s) during each semester unless otherwise determined by faculty.
  • All music scholarship recipients are required to participate in lessons and ensemble(s) each semester as outlined in their scholarship award letter unless otherwise determined by faculty.
  • More information can be found in the student handbook.
Juries
  • All majors, regardless of concentration, are required to participate in jury each semester.
  • All music scholarship recipients are required to participate in a jury each semester.
  • More information can be found in the student handbook.
Recitals & Portfolios
  • All music majors are required to perform in a recital each semester as well as a junior and a senior recital as outlined in the student handbook.
  • Composition majors prepare a portfolio as outlined in the student handbook.

HELPFUL LINKS
Gonzaga University Course Catalogue
University Core Requirements
All Degree Worksheets

MUSIC DEPARTMENT
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0079
www.gonzaga.edu/music

Dr. Timothy Westerhaus
Chair, Music Department
Phone: (509) 313-6733
(800) 986-9585, ext. 6733
music@gonzaga.edu