Music students receive a comprehensive education in their field, including study in music theory, conducting, music education, music history and literature, music theatre, liturgical music, and all areas of applied performance studies. Each student also specializes in piano, organ, guitar, voice, or an orchestral instrument.
Two music degrees are offered at St. Ambrose--a bachelor of arts with a major in music and a bachelor of music education.
The Bachelor of Arts in music is tailored to students who intend to continue their studies in graduate school, pursue a music-related career, or perform professionally. Within this program, students with special interests are encouraged to develop individualized fields of study. Professors and students work together to design program in any number of specialized areas, including liturgical music, music business, music therapy and arts management.
The Bachelor of Music Education prepares students to teach band, orchestra, chorus and general music in grades K-12. Music education majors work one-on-one with faculty ensemble directors, and they also conduct in public performances--opportunities not available at many schools.
For students who want to minor in music, these are the requirements:
MUS 099 (four semesters) 201, 202, 207, 208; six credits of MUS 325, 326, 327; four semesters of lessons in the same instrument or voice; four semesters of participation in a major ensemble (band, choir, or orchestra). Recommend: MUS 319.