Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Sacred Music Concentration

A Major in Music with a concentration in Sacred Music prepares students to work as church music directors.  This new concentration provides students the experience of working with pastors, choirs and congregations, building their skills and talents as future musicians and directors.

Conducting a choir or a congregation requires verbal and non-verbal communication skills, musical and liturgical knowledge, and a generosity of spirit—things that aid in leading and engaging others in worship.  This major, while concentrating in the Roman Catholic tradition, will also prepare students for work in other Christian denominations, mainline Protestant and Orthodox, as they will study these different liturgical traditions, as well as their works of sacred music.

Building upon the solid curricular foundation already established in the Music program, this new major combines the study of sacred text and song, imagery, melody and rhythm. It is inherently a portrayal of interdisciplinary drawing from both the disciplines of theology and music.

Music Theory (14)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 144 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 145 Musicianship Lab 1
MUSC 244 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 245 Musicianship Lab II 1
MUSC 344 Music Theory III 3
MUSC 345 Music Theory IV 3
Note: MUSC 144 (Music Theory I) and MUSC 145 (Musicianship Lab I), as well as MUSC 244 (Music Theory II) and MUSC 245 (Musicianship Lab II) must be taken concurrently. Students receiving a 3 or 4 on the AP Music Theory Exam are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144; students receiving a 5 are eligible to receive credit for MUSC 144 and 244. 
Music History (3)
Choose ONE of the following:
MUSC 252 Music History I: Development of Western Music  3
MUSC 353 Music History II: Golden Age of Western Music 3
Applied Music (6)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 280A-Z Applied Music (Various Instruments) 1 Each
MUSC 380A-Z Applied Music Advanced (Various Instruments) 1 Each
Note: Students need 6 total Applied Music Credits. 4 must be on the same instrument.
Ensembles (6)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 107 University Chorale (2 Semesters) 1 Each
MUSC 108 Schola Cantorum (2 Semesters) 1 Each
MUSC 207 Chamber Choir (2 Semesters)  1 Each
Sacred Music Requirements (12)
Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 255 Music in Catholic Worship 3
MUSC 260 Conducting 3
THEO 265 Theology of the Sacraments 3
THEO 382 Liturgy 3
Internship (1) 
MUSC 394 Internship in Music 1

To download a PDF copy of the Sacred Music curriculum, click here