Department of Music & Theatre


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program
  • Minor Available

Studying music within the context of Scripture and the liberal arts.

Music may be the right degree for you if you

  • are musically talented
  • enjoy vocal or instrumental music
  • have a passion for serving
  • are interested in a career in music

Why study music at Northwestern?

The University of Northwestern – St. Paul music program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1986. In small classes, learn from credentialed music faculty, seasoned performers, sought-after conductors, and acclaimed composers who are dedicated to your musical excellence.

You can perform at regional, national, and international tours while building your education. Christian faculty will help you to grow in your faith and your music. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving music industries.

All Northwestern music degrees hold accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, the principal U.S. accreditor for higher education in music.

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Application Process & Auditions

Music is a dual admission program. Entrance auditions are required for this major. You must be admitted to both Northwestern and the Department of Music & Theatre to major in music.

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Careers in music

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in music.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Freelance or contracted performer
  • Private instructor
  • Church worship leader
  • Audio technician
  • Concert promotion
  • Concert hall management or administration
  • Music program coordination
  • Artist representation
  • Arts administration or management
  • Promotion/media relations
  • Music librarian
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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

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