Saint Xavier University Department of Music



The Music Department provides a supportive learning environment that promotes the attainment of knowledge and artistic expression within a broad cultural context serving the University and surrounding community with a variety of cultural opportunities and educational activities.

In addition to academic courses of study the Music Department offers a wide variety of performing ensembles in which majors and non-majors participate.

Quick Snapshot

Campus Location
Length of Program
4 years
Courses per Semester
Average of 6 courses
Total Number of Courses
46 courses

All music courses are taught through Saint Xavier's Chicago campus; however, some performances do take place in nearby off-campus venues. In keeping with the average six courses per semester, students will be able to gain their Bachelor of Arts degree in music in four just years by completing the required 25 general education courses plus the 21 major-specific courses. A Bachelor of Music degree is also available but may take additional time or increase the average number of courses per semester.

Programs of Study

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers three degree programs: a bachelor of music in performance with the option of a concentration in piano, organ, voice, guitar or orchestra/band instruments; a bachelor of music in music education (K-12), with the teaching of music as the major area of concentration; and a bachelor of arts in music.

In the music education program, the student may prepare for a teaching career in either vocal or instrumental music or a combination of the two. The music education programs are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Students not enrolled in a music degree program may develop individual performance skills through private instruction in voice or instruments. Performing ensembles include University Chorale, Concert and Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble and many others.

Non-majors may apply credit earned in these courses toward the University "Literature and Fine Arts" requirement.

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