Music has always been a vital part of human existence. And although science tells us that music gives the brain pleasure, helps it form neural connections and arouses emotions, no one really knows why humans love music: they just do. Put simply, music makes us happy.
Are you passionate about music? Do you feel like sharing music is your vocational calling? Furthering your understanding of music theory and history at Holy Cross will allow you to pursue your love of music in a tangible way. Studying music can teach students to think creatively, collaborate with others, manage time effectively, and lead with confidence.
There are is a world of options in the tri-campus area for students interested in pursuing music, including a variety of choral groups, small ensembles, individual performers and the Notre Dame Band.
For more information on the music and music education majors at Saint Mary’s, please visit www.saintmarys.edu/academics/departments/music.
|Required Courses||Must take all of the following:|
|MUSI 115||World Classical Music|
|MUSI 116||American Music|
|MUSI 151||Music Fundamentals|
|MUSI 182||Diatonic Material (at Saint Mary’s College)|
|MUSI 182L||Diatonic Materials Lab (at Saint Mary’s College)|
|Must take 4 hours of the following:|
|MUSI 200||Individual Vocal Lessons|
|MUSI 201||Individual Instrumental Lessons|
|MUSI 203||Instrumental Ensembles (ND Band)|
|Total required for track:||16|
I have taught music for more than 30 years, but I am still always excited to see each of my students awaken and develop their God-given musical gift. I value one-on-one time with my students, and I make an effort to bond with them as they grow personally and professionally. At Holy Cross, music students will receive a personalized academic experience based on their starting ability, and how that ability is honed over the semesters. Students who are tenacious, determined and solution oriented will be able to flourish, and have a strong background for whatever way they choose to put their musical gifts to use.
Joanne Swenson-Eldridge, Ph.D.
M.A. & doctoral studies in Music Theory: University of Iowa
Ph.D. in Music—Musicology & American Music: University of Colorado at Boulder
- The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, 2013
Articles on: Charles Hommann, Charles Jerome Hopkins, Charles Hupfeld, Leopold Meignen, Joseph Taws, and Nancy Van de Vate
- Charles Hommann: Surviving Orchestral Music—a volume in the series Music of the United States of America (MUSA), published for the American Musicological Society (AMS) by A-R Editions, 2007
- Review of six recently published editions of contemporary music for solo viola or viola and piano for Notes, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, December 2002
- The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, 2nd edition, 2000
Articles on: Charles Hommann, Charles Hupfeld, and Leopold Meignen
- American Music 16:4 (Winter 1998)
Book review: Olga Samaroff Stokowski: An American Virtuoso on the World Stage
by Donna Staley Kline
- American National Biography (1998-99), a 24-volume work published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies
Biographies and annotated bibliographies of violinists Camilla Urso, Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, and Jascha Heifetz