Music



Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Discover the Westminster College music experience, where you can achieve your unique passion for music through opportunities in vocal, solo, chamber music and interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate learning.

The B.A. degree in Music is an excellent choice for talented students who plan to pursue graduate work in music, and for liberal arts students pursuing two majors in preparation for graduate school. It is also a degree that will qualify you for any number of music-related jobs following college. Among musicians with sufficient talent and training for careers in performance, those with degrees in Music are unquestionably at an advantage over those without.

Key Benefits

  • Performance opportunities in solo, opera, chamber music, and local professional ensembles. Check out upcoming music performances.
  • Extensive mentoring with faculty, masterclasses with guest artists, summer programs, international touring and study abroad opportunities.
  • Our music program is for undergraduates only. There is no competition with graduate students for roles in operas, chamber music, or solo performing opportunities. Those opportunities are usually given to graduate students at larger institutions, so our students finish our program with the skills and experience to compete with graduate students around the country at the highest levels.
  • Our graduates have been accepted into top graduate programs and become thriving members of their communities.
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Other Music Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Music and opportunities for anyone on campus interested in music-making, regardless of their backgrounds or areas of study.

School ensembles—open to capable and committed students and, in some cases, members of the community—include the Westminster Chorale, Westminster Chamber Singers, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, and Westminster Opera Studio. Private lessons and Liberal Education survey courses in music are also available to all students.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music as well as a Music minor. The major and minor both offer a choice of emphasis, either academic or performance. Each student can also chose an emphasis in Ensembles, Instrumental, or Voice.

An audition is required for status as a Music major or minor. Students must choose a major instrument and audition on that particular instrument (e.g. piano, voice, guitar, violin, etc.). Live auditions are held each year on specific dates as announced on the music department web page.

Our students gain:
  • A solid understanding of music theory from the common practice period to the present, including both tonal theory (harmony, the rules of voice leading, and four-part writing), and post-tonal theory.
  • Aural skills sufficient for competent melodic/harmonic/rhythmic dictation and sight-singing—collectively necessary for a balanced understanding of music theory and the ability to learn music accurately and efficiently.
  • Knowledge of the basic history of Western classical music—its forms and styles, and its connections to Western culture; and more in-depth knowledge of a few special topics within this overarching history.
  • Excellence on a particular instrument or voice in solo and ensemble performance.
  • The ability to write clearly and meaningfully about music and subjects relating to them.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, conductors, arrangers, composers and actors. Others choose careers behind the scenes, or in the business area of music such as producers, engineers, managers, agents, and in publishing and sales.

Music Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support by the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation and the Gore Endowment for Music, the Music Department at Westminster College offers scholarship support to all music majors. With a dedicated, first-class faculty of performing and scholarly musicians, you will acquire a more personalized focus on your performance and academic needs—within the welcoming setting of a liberal arts college in the heart of metropolitan Salt Lake City.

  • Westminster is affordable through generous music talent scholarships.
  • The average Westminster music major pays only a fraction of total tuition costs
  • Merit academic scholarships are awarded in addition to music scholarships, based on your academic records and test scores

Schedule a Live Audition

Auditions for entrance into the Music Department are held annually in January, February, and March. However, music scholarships are given priority to those that audition or submit a DVD/Video audition before March 1st. It is strongly recommended to schedule your audition as early as possible in order to be considered for music scholarship awards.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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