Degree Requirements

The department offers two majors and two minors:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music major (required concentration in General Studies, Performance, Composition, Jazz, or Sacred Music)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education major (required concentration in Choral and General Music or Instrumental and General Music)
  • Minor in Conducting (for Music or Music Education majors only)
  • Minor in Music

Please reference the Undergraduate Catalog ;for course requirements specific to the Music majors and minors.

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

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

Of the 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Gonzaga is one of three that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. This degree certifies the graduate to teach music in elementary and secondary schools in the state of Washington and 47 reciprocating states. Students may focus in choral or instrumental music education.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The B.A. in Music degree includes courses in Music Theory (4 semesters), Ear Training (3), Music History (2), Conducting, Creative Music Lab Ensemble, Music History Seminar, Applied Lessons, and Ensembles.

  • General Music Studies offers students two capstone options. The research track involves faculty- directed study in an area of particular interest to the student. The internship track enables seniors to apply music skills to a professional setting, such as at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Gonzaga’s Foley Library Music Collection, and Spokane Public Radio.
  • Performance Concentration students pursue excellence through additional courses in pedagogy, repertoire, and a Junior and Senior Recital. Students study privately with one of Gonzaga’s distinguished faculty, who perform actively both internationally and locally with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Civic Theatre, and Kantorei Choir.
  • Composition Concentration students the craft of composing music through individual study and seminars. Throughout four semesters of composition coursework, students’ compositions are performed publicly and become part of the Junior and Senior Portfolios.
  • Jazz Concentration students study improvisation, theory, arranging, and composition within the jazz genre and other genres rooted in the African-American musical tradition. Students perform within small and large group settings while learning the software, hardware, and editing skills necessary to record and produce material for their future as musicians.
  • Sacred Music Concentration prepares students in the areas of musicianship, leadership, and ministry to serve professionally in Catholic churches and cathedrals, in mainline Protestant and other Christian churches, and in campus ministry settings. Although the concentration focuses on sacred music of Christian traditions, students develop intercultural and interfaith competency through ecumenical and interfaith liturgies.


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