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Find Your Musical Voice at SAU!

Music can speak beyond words. Spring Arbor University’s Department of Music is equipped to help you succeed in the world of music. Whether you want to be a professional musician, teacher, composer, or just love making music, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who are master teachers and musicians actively working in the industry. In addition, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice your craft and creativity in a variety music ensembles, performances, and opportunities on campus.

As a music major, SAU’s music program offers broad musical preparation for the student who wishes to major in music as part of a broad liberal arts curriculum. The B.A. in Music prepares students for many different career possibilities including private music teaching, composing, songwriting, music directing, church music directing, working in the music business, and producing digital music. The B.A. in Music is ideal for combining with various other minors or for students interested in a double major. This degree also allows the flexibility to add endorsements to further enhance and personalize your degree and support various career paths including social media managing, personal branding, marketing, business, audio production, and many others. Our music students are prepared for a variety of job opportunities upon graduation.

Throughout the degree program, you’ll have opportunities to create your own music, hone your musicianship skill sets, and prepare for a career in the music business through our wonderful lab facilities, internships, off-campus experiences, and daily engagement with our faculty.

For more information about ensembles and musical opportunities, our faculty, scholarships, and upcoming events, visit our Department of Music page.

Music Career Pathways

  • Professional Musician
  • Music Business Professional
  • Music Director
  • Church Music Director
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Composer
  • Digital Music Producer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Accompanist
  • Vocal/Instrumental Coach

Program Highlights

  • One-on-One Faculty Interaction
  • Digital Music Production Lab
  • Music Recording Lab
  • Off-Campus Nashville/Los Angeles Experiences
  • Weekly Performance Opportunities
  • Variety of Performing Ensembles
  • Digital Portfolio Development

Music Major Courses

Music Major Total Credit Hours: 32

  • MUS 105: Music Theory I: Literacy
  • MUS 106: Music Theory II: Harmony
  • MUS 205: Music Theory III: Orchestration
  • MUS 206: Music Theory IV: Advanced Harmony
  • MUS 212: Music Production I
  • MUS 230: Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Combo
  • MUS 240: Chamber Choir, University Singers
  • MUS 313: The History of Music Literature Before 1750
  • MUS 314: The History of Music Literature since 1750
  • MUS 363: Conducting
  • MUS 386: Junior Recital
  • MUS 486: Professional Recital
  • MUS 487: Piano Proficiency

Music Concentrations

Music Composition Concentration
Credit Hours: 12

  • MUS 315: Music Production II
  • MUS 325: Scoring for Media
  • MUS 310: Applied Composition Lessons

Piano Pedagogy Concentration
Credit Hours: 10

  • MUS 250: Practicum in Pedagogy
  • MUS 308: Survey of Keyboard Literature
  • MUS 309: Piano Pedagogy
  • MUS 310: Applied Piano Lessons

Vocal Pedagogy Concentration
Credit Hours: 12

  • MUS 250: Practicum in Pedagogy
  • MUS 310: Applied Piano Lessons
  • MUS 311: Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUS 312: Diction
  • MUS 324: Vocal Literature

Enhance Your Music Degree

Take your Music degree to the next level by pairing it with one of the following minors or endorsements.


  • Freelance & Personal Branding
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Christian Ministry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Psychology


  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Audio Production
  • Business Administration
  • Digital Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Freelance and Personal Branding
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Songwriting
  • Video Production
  • Web Development