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Bachelor of Arts, Department of Music

Student playing the flute

Department Overview

The Benedictine College Music Department strives to present opportunities for students that meet the artistic, creative, and scholarly demands of those who intend to pursue teaching, performance or other careers in music. The Department enhances the cultural activities of the college and serves the student body with offerings in applied music and with vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Degree Objectives

  • Provide students with educational opportunities, performance experiences, and expectation of standards on a national level to prepare them for entrance into study on the graduate level and/or preparation for a professional career in music.
  • Provide professional training for those students desiring to teach PreK–12 general music through the Bachelor of Music Education degree program.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to perform in ensembles, participate in music courses and applied music, and attend musical events for their cultural development.

Career Opportunities

  • Composer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Therapist
  • Church Music Director


John F. Paul, D.M.A.
Professor & Chair
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Bishop Fink Hall

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  • Christopher Greco, D.M.A.
  • Ted Hanman
    Assistant Professor
  • Ruth Krusemark, D.M.A.
    Professor Emerita
  • John F. Paul, D.M.A.
    Professor and Chair
  • Timothy Tharaldson
    Assistant Professor

Freshmen Year

MUSC-1000Fundamentals of Music & Aural Skills2
MUSC-1003Functional Keyboard I1
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
ENGL-1010English Composition3
Foreign Language4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
GNST-1000BC Experience1
MUSC-ATT1Concert AttendanceP/NP
Music elective1
MUSC-1001Music Theory/Aural Skills I3
MUSC-1004Functional Keyboard II1
Foreign Language4
MUSC-1101World Music Literature3
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-ATT2Concert AttendanceP/NP
Music elective4

Sophomore Year

MUSC-1002Music Theory/Aural Skills II3
Approved Fitness Activity course1
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-ATT3Concert AttendanceP/NP
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
MUSC-2000Music Theory/Aural Skills III3
Oral Communication3
Understanding the Natural World4
Aesthetic Experience3
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-ATT4Concert AttendanceP/NP

Junior Year

MUSC-3000Music Theory/Aural Skills IV3
Philosophical Inquiry3
Upper-division Music Electives3
Faith Foundation4
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-ATT5Concert AttendanceP/NP
Upper-division Music Elective3
MUSC-4100History of Music I3
Mathematical Reasoning3
Applied Music1
MUSC-PIAPRPiano ProficiencyP/NP
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-ATT6Ensemble Concert AttendanceP/NP
Music Electives1
Western Perspective3

Senior Year

MUSC-3201Introduction to Conducting1
MUSC-4101History of Music II3
Upper-division Electives5
Major Ensemble1
Faith Foundation3
Applied Music1
Written Communication3
Person & Community3
Philosophical Inquiry3
Understanding the Natural World3
Applied Music1
Major Ensemble1
MUSC-4997Senior Recital1
MUSC-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
Upper-division Music Electives3

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
  • Minor in Music