The study of music encourages students to explore the value of music in
their lives. Students who study music at Saint Martin's University have the
advantage of a strong program in music within a liberal arts setting.
Courses in music integrate the study of music literature, history and theory
with musical performance as a means of developing intellect, familiarity
with a variety of cultures, interpersonal relationships and poise.
The University's music department offers a bachelor of arts degree, a
minor and three Washington state teacher certificate endorsements in music:
choral, instrumental and general. Saint Martin's is noted for small class
sizes, rigorous education and a close working relationship with faculty
As part of the major, minor and endorsement courses of study, students
are required to pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Students
with prior piano training can meet this requirement by passing the piano
proficiency examination. All other students will take applied piano
instruction. After they have declared a major, minor or endorsement, music
students also are required to participate in a major ensemble as well as
applied lessons in their major instrument/voice each semester. Those
students awarded music scholarships are required to be actively involved in
the appropriate large and small performance ensembles within the music
department and to maintain high academic standards.