As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is the perfect place for a musician to attend college.

The Music minor at St. Edward’s will encourage you to explore your passion for music and perform on the Hilltop. Learn the fundamentals of music theory, the history of music, and how to play an instrument like piano or guitar. Take classes in singing, vocal techniques, musical theater, and teaching music in the classroom.

Round out your experience by joining Hilltopper Chorale (classical, gospel and the Pops), Omni Singers (musical revue, song and dance) or the Madrigal Singers (Renaissance Style), or perform in the St. Edward’s Chamber Music Ensemble, SEU Orchestra, The Lab Band, The Jazz Improv Combo, the Guitar Ensemble, Steady (the jazz ensemble), the Pep Band, or Mariachi Alas de Oro (traditional and popular music of Mexico). 

And in your free time, take advantage of opportunities to learn — and be entertained — in Austin, with its two major annual music festivals and shows every night of the week.

The Music minor is part of the Department of Performing Arts

Music Groups and Programs

Applied Music Lesson Policies and Request Form

If you are interested in studying private Applied Music Lessons with any of our Music Faculty in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Woodwinds, Brass or Percussion, please read the Student Policies.

Before you register for any Applied Music Course, please fill out the Applied Music Lesson Request Form.  After filling out this form you will be contacted by the Instructor who will set lesson times based on your schedule and their studio availability.

Music Department Courses in Creativity and Making for General Education Credit

You are eligible to receive General Education Credit in Creativity and Making by taking a combination of specific Music Department Courses.  You must be registered for a total of 3 credit hours in Music. You can combine Applied Music Lessons with Ensemble Courses in order to be registered for 3 credit hours.

Here are the possible combinations of Music Courses available for Creativity and Making Credit.

Music,Voice:  MUSI 1141 + MUSI 4243 (must be registered for three hours)
Music,Piano: MUSI 1281 + MUSI 4285  (must be registered for three hours)
Music,Guitar:  MUSI 1271 + MUSI 4273   (must be registered for three hours)
Music, Jazz Band:  MUSI 2162 + MUSI 4254, 4273, 4285, or 4299  (must be registered for three hours)

Meet the Faculty

The Music program faculty at St. Edward's University is dedicated to igniting the creative fire within their students and kindling a love of music in its many forms. As practicing musicians, they are actively involved in the musical community both on campus and in the greater Austin community.

The faculty have a depth of experience, including:
  • Teaching at the elementary, high school, and collegiate level, at the local, national, and international level
  • Teaching private lessons
  • Serving as an adjudicator and clinician for choral contests and festivals across the country
  • Working in arts administration and music technology
  • Giving lectures at national conferences
  • Publishing journal articles
  • Composing music, arranging music, and creating music for commercial purposes, including television and advertising
  • Playing in pit orchestras, chamber ensembles
  • Giving recitals, concert soloist and opera singing performances
  • Choreographing, staging, and directing for musical theatre
  • Performing and/or recording with notable artists such as:
    • Natalie Cole
    • Austin Symphony
    • Austin Lyric Opera
    • Michael Feinstein
    • Kenny Rogers
    • Dick Dale
    • Olivia Newton John
    • Aretha Franklin
    • The Temptations
    • Aretha Franklin
    • Bernadette Peters
    • Tommy Tune
    • Mike Stern
    • Bob Brookmeyer
    • The National Symphony Orchestra
    • The Tony Campise Big Band
    • Monster Big Band
    • Magnificent 7
    • Little Joe y la Familia

Music Department Orchestra Summer Camp and Hilltopper All-State Choir Camp

Here is where you will find information for the 2017 Music Department Summer Camps.

You will be taken to an Eventbrite Page where you can register for the camps.

We have two sessions of Orchestra Summer Camp.  There is one session of the Hilltopper All-State Choir Summer Camp.

We look forward to seeing you at these fine Music Department Summer events.

Eventbrite Registrations Page for 2017 Summer Music Camps

St. Edward's Music Courses and Ensembles

Here you will find all courses in our Music Department.  The courses are listed by type of ensemble or instrument.  Use this document to make your course selections during Registration for the Fall 2017 semester.

Music Registration Guide and Course Descriptions

Music Registration Guide and Course Descriptions Spring

Performance Calendar

Here is where you will find all the current performances.