Music (BA MUSIC)

Offers extensive opportunities to explore, practice, and celebrate the musician’s art with an ongoing commitment to a distinctive ensemble program, excellent individualized instruction, and a comprehensive undergraduate music curriculum.

Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • MUSIC 112 or MUSIC 114 (by placement)
  • GE/Elective
  • MUSIC 161 (Piano Class I, 0.25 credit)
  • Music Lesson**
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • MUSIC 114 or 141
  • GE/Elective
  • MUSIC 162 (Piano Class II, 0.25 credit)
  • Music Lesson**
Additional Information

**Additionally, music majors must take music lessons and participate in a musical ensemble. (B.A. lessons are 0.25 credit, B.M. lessons are 1.0 credit.

Students with a background in music composition can take MUSIC 223 (Composition)

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • No major credit is offered for high school courses, although students receive 1.0 general college credit if they earn a 5 on the AP Music Theory exam
Placement
  • Musicianship: All potential music majors should contact David Castro (dcastro@stolaf.edu) to take a placement test to be placed into either MUSIC 112 (Intro to Musicianship) or MUSIC 114 (Musicianship: Tonality)
  • Keyboard Screening: All potential music majors should contact the music office to take a keyboard screening to be placed into MUSIC 161, 162, 261 or 262 (Piano Class I, II, III or IV)
  • Lessons: All St. Olaf students are welcome to sign up for music lessons by contacting Cheryl Bristol as per the information in the Music Handbook.
  • Music Ensembles: All St. Olaf students are welcome to audition for music ensembles by contacting the conductor for information on the audition process.
Informational Events

Nothing available at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Chair, Department of Music – Kathryn Ananda-Owens (aok@stolaf.edu)
Vice-Chair, Department of Music – David Carter (carter@stolaf.edu)

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020