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Music Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Do you love music? Do you enjoy the thrill of performing? You can pursue your passion with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in music from Creighton. Music majors learn the historical, theoretical, aesthetic and practical approaches to the study of art music. You’ll receive a comprehensive musical education that prepares you for a variety of post-graduate options.

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Program Details

Program Goals

As a music major, you will find Creighton is one of few universities its size to offer comprehensive experiences, such as participating and performing in concerts, music and dance recitals, exhibitions and musicals. You can participate in individual study, as well as ensemble performances, including University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band and more.

Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts is an $11 million art center designed by world-renowned architect Marty Holzman, containing a 350-seat theatre and recital and dance stage, art gallery, and studio classrooms.

Music Minor

The music minor will give you a solid foundation in musical arts. The minor provides a basic understanding of music theory, music history, ear training, sight-singing and performance on voice or a selected instrument.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities available for Creighton data science students aimed at making your degree attainable. Explore scholarships.

Grace Keenan Endowed Scholarship

The $4,000 Grace Keenan Endowed Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who intend to major or minor in the visual or performing arts. The renewable scholarship is funded by a donation from Grace Keenan, a retired teacher who loved the arts and opened her home and heart to Creighton students.

Ellie Goecken
“In Creighton’s music program, I’ve discovered my passion, chosen my career path, and made lifelong friendships in only four short years. The faculty always make a point to encourage me to do my best, and I couldn’t ask for a better college experience.”
— Ellie Goecken, Music major
Annie Harter
“The faculty and program have consistently shown confidence in my ability as a musician, empowering me to share my talents in a meaningful way. I’ve expanded my understanding of the power and breadth of music, and the many ways music will continue to shape my life.”
— Annie Harter, Music major
Barron Breland
“The program is thorough enough for students wishing to pursue careers in music AND flexible for students looking for other opportunities after graduation. We meet students where they are, and an incredible slate of faculty shepherd each one through their time here.”
— A. Barron Breland, DM, Professor in the Music program

With a music major at Creighton, you’ll learn:

  • To analyze, critique and stylistically categorize a piece of music using traditional theory techniques
  • To identify, compare/contrast and describe major composers, genres and stylistic movements within the primary eras of Western art music
  • To sight-sing individual lines of music on primary clefs in major and minor keys
  • To aurally identify and dictate major and minor keys, chord qualities, basic harmonic progressions and simple voice-leading
  • To play simple piano compositions, major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • To produce a vocal sound with proper breath support
  • The history of your primary instrument or voice type
  • Performance techniques

Creighton Productions Put the Spotlight on Student Involvement

Whether you’re performing in or watching a live production, the exhilaration you experience is like no other. Creighton puts on four major shows each year, providing musical theatre students with ample opportunities to perform with professionals and members of the community—and learn behind-the-curtain technical and design techniques that make the magic happen on stage.

Students will perform in two theatres in the stately Lied Education Center for the Arts: The Mainstage, a proscenium theatre that seats 350, and The Studio Theatre, a more intimate theatre that seats 100. At Creighton, students can engage in a rich, diverse set of courses in music/voice, performance and dance. Here, we believe that the arts are the voice for the human soul.

Creighton University Choral Society

The Creighton University Choral Society promotes appreciation of and participation in choral music, either through the University or in the community. The group celebrates all forms of choral singing, from large-scale classical masterworks to contemporary a cappella genres.

The Creightones

The Creightones student vocal group is dedicated to performing a cappella, entertaining and spreading the joy of music.

Creighton University Jazz and Blues Society

The Creighton University Jazz and Blues Society provides opportunities to perform individually and as a group. Improvisation, harmony and emotion are integral to performing jazz and blues.

Ensemble Opportunities

  • Chamber Choir
  • University Chorus
  • University Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band

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