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
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • MUSIC 112
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • MUSIC 161 (Piano Class I, 0.25 credit)
  • Music Lesson*
Interim
  • OLE Core/Elective
Spring
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • MUSIC 114 or 141
  • OLE Core/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).
  • Lessons: All St. Olaf students are welcome to sign up for music lessons by completing the appropriate lesson request form or contacting Lisa McDermott (mcderm6@stolaf.edu) per the information in the Music Handbook.
  • Music Ensembles: All St. Olaf students are welcome to audition for music ensembles. Complete the music interest questionnaire available in the New Student Checklist or contact Barb Barth (barth@stolaf.edu).
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK
  • No major credit is offered for pre-college transfer courses, although students receive 1 credit if they earn a 5 on the AP Music Theory exam.
Placement
  • Musicianship Registration
    Every incoming music major should register for Music 112, regardless of any prior experiences. Once AP scores are available, the Department may recommend a change to Music 114 for incoming music majors who earned a score of 5.  In addition, a more robust placement exam may be offered during New Student Orientation.
  • Keyboard Registration
    Every incoming music major should register for Music 161 unless they have significant experience with piano or organ, who should register for piano or organ lessons. For students who are unsure about the level of their keyboard skills, a keyboard placement screening will be offered during New Student Orientation.
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)