Play the music of your soul and speak a universal language

Students in the Music minor at St. Edward’s University are given the chance to explore their passion for music while learning the fundamentals of music theory, the history of music, and how to play musical instruments.

You will get the chance to explore your musical interests and express yourself through the art of music. Music is both an art and a science. You will learn the exactness of music, while also embracing the freedom of creative expression and the opportunity to document the human experience in a way that can be understood across the globe. You’ll journey through time using music as your guide, embracing all of the stories told through music. This minor requires 22 hours of coursework.

Students choose a musical instrument to focus on and also become part of one of the university’s musical groups. St. Edward's University has a number of groups dedicated to a variety of musical genres, including choral music, classical music, chamber music, mariachi, orchestra, guitar, jazz, and opera. Students will also have the opportunity to take classes in topics such as singing, vocal techniques, musical theater, and teaching music in the classroom.

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