Music | Programs & Degrees
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Members of The Trinitones perform for the all-campus picnic following the presidential inauguration of Dr. Ahlburg.
At Trinity, you may participate in music as much as you wish. Many students perform in ensembles, take lessons, and enroll for a class or two. For those students interested in a concentration in music, several major programs and a minor are available. For further details regarding the study of music at Trinity as well as the Music Department's policies and procedures, please consult the Music Student Handbook.
Major in Performance: Students interested in a concentration in Performance generally enroll in the Bachelor of Music degree. Music studies comprise approximately two-thirds of the total curriculum, and include courses in Theory and Comprehensive Musicianship, Music History and Literature, Applied Music, Ensembles, as well as specialized courses in performance studied, literature and pedagogy, and many opportunities to perform in recitals and concerts. These opportunities include such areas as: organ, piano and vocal performancee.
Major in Composition: Within the Bachelor of Music degree, students may complete a program of studied in composition. Courses include Theory and Comprehensive Musicianship, Forms and Analysis, Counterpoint, Orchestration, Electronic Music, and private study in Composition. Music studies comprise approximately two-thirds of the total curriculum, with the remaining third in the Common Curriculum.
Music Education: Trinity University has created an innovative five-year program in teacher certification. During the first four years, students complete a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral, Instrumental, or Elementary Music. After earning the Bachelor’s degree, students complete a summer session and a fifth-year internship that includes supervised student teaching in elementary, middle and high schools, where carefully selected teachers and conductors join university faculty members in providing a supportive, realistic initial teaching experience. Upon successful completion of the fifth-year internship, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, together with all-level certification.
Major in Music: Students may complete a major in Music within the Bachelor of Arts degree program. Music studies comprise approximately one-third of the total curriculum, making it possible for many students to complete an additional major in another field of study. Courses include Theory and Comprehensive Musicianship, Music History and Literature, Individual Applied Instruction, Ensemble, Conducting and Performance Laboratory
Minor in Music: The minor is designed for students who wish to complete a concentration in music as a part of their liberal arts education. The program requires a total of 26 semester hours in music, including Theory and Comprehensive Musicianship, Music History and Literature, Individual Applied Instruction, Ensemble, and Performance Laboratory.
The Trinity Jazz Ensemble, under direction of Chip Burris, performs at the picnic following the inauguration of Trinity's 18th President, Dr. Dennis A. Ahlburg.