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Department of Music & Theatre


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Department of Music & Theatre


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

The Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in Music is designed for the musically talented student interested in studying music within the context of Scripture and the liberal arts.


of seniors feel well prepared for a first job in their field


of alumni agree that faculty were genuinely interested in their welfare


a double major or a minor with another discipline


Entrance auditions are required for this major. Auditions are held during the spring semester. You must be admitted to both Northwestern and the Department of Music & Theatre in order to major in music. Please refer to the Music Admissions & Scholarships for audition requirements and dates.

Why study music at Northwestern?

Learn from highly credentialed music faculty, seasoned performers, noted educators, sought-after conductors, and acclaimed composers who are dedicated to your musical excellence.

You can participate in competitions and perform on regional, national, and international tours while building your education on Northwestern’s 115+ year history as a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. Christian faculty will help you to grow in your faith and your music.

All Northwestern music degrees hold accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, the principal U.S. accreditor for higher education in music. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving music industries.

If you enjoy vocal or instrumental music, are passionate about serving, and are interested in a career in music, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and perform music in an ensemble environment.

Some classes include:

  • Private Lessons
  • Music Ensembles
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Music in World Cultures
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Professor Sawyer’s ability to bring deep theological understanding to the texts we sang will be with me for the rest of my life.
Luke Erickson
Department of Music & Theatre, 2006

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Department of Music & Theatre

Totino Fine Arts Center, F2224
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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