We’re dedicated to providing you with a top-level music education. With premier instructors, monthly master class and recital opportunities, elite international touring ensembles, and a comprehensive scholarship program, Southwestern is committed to providing you with what you need to succeed as a professional.

Teaching careers in Elementary, Jr. High & High Schools/Academies are most common. Private studio instruction is another outlet for employment. Graduate schools also provide opportunity for qualified performers and teachers who are continuing their education with paid teaching assistantships.

Job Outlook
Music education opportunities are readily available each year. The personal performance level of applicants can drastically increase their chance for employment as well as their proficiency in multiple instruments/ensembles.

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Many graduates work as teachers in elementary and secondary education, college or university. Graduates may also have careers in performance, composition, church music and private studio instruction. Music education opportunities are readily available each year. Performance opportunities are highly competitive. Elite performers have a significant advantage in pursuing a career in music.


  • Elementary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Musical performer
  • Musical composer
  • Studio performer
  • Musical instructor


Voices in choir at Night at the Meyerson Festival each year.

Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
MUCT 111Music Theory 13
MUCT 121Ear Training and Sight Singing 11
MUCT 151Music Theory 23
MUCT 161Ear Training and Sight Singing 21
MUCT 221Music Theory 33
MUCT 251Music Theory 43
MUCT 315Form and Analysis3
MUCT 414Orchestration and Arranging3
MUCT 420Music Composition and Technology3
MUED 253Music in the School3
MUED 280Basic Conducting2
MUED 390Instrumental Conducting and Literature3
MUED 391Choral Conducting and Literature3
MUED 475Ensemble Managment and Administration1
 MUHL 321, 322, 323, and 324 options6
 Sub-Total Credits41
Item #TitleCredits
MUED 275Diction for Singers2
MUED 321Collaborative Piano
MUED 371Percussion Methods & Pedagogy2
MUED 372Brass Methods & Pedagody2
MUED 373String Methods & Pedagogy2
MUED 374Woodwind Methods & Pedagogy2
MUED 451Voice Methods & Pedagogy2
MUED 452Piano Methods & Pedagogy2
 Sub-Total Credits8
Applied Music  
Item #TitleCredits
 Applied Music7
MUPF 468Senior Recital1
 Sub-Total Credits8
Item #TitleCredits
 Music Ensemble (lower division)2
 Music Ensemble (upper division)2
 Sub-Total Credits4
Gen. Ed. Requirements  
Item #TitleCredits
ENGL 121Freshman Composition3
ENGL 220Research Writing3
 ENGL 231 or ENGL 2323
COMM 113Oral Interpretation3
 Kinesiology Gen. Ed. Req.2
MATH 131Applied Mathematics3

RELT 101

Christian Beliefs


RELT 201

Bible Study Methods3

RELH 230

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church



RELB Upper division



Sub-Total Credits



Social and Behavior Science  
Item #TitleCredits
HIST 111United States History to 18653
HIST 112United States History from 18653
PSYC 220Human Growth and Development3
 Life and Physical Science Gen Ed Req.8
 Sub-Total Credits17


Education Certification  
Item #TitleCredits
EDUC 312Educational Psychology3
EDUC 326Excaptional Children3
EDUC 385Philosophy of Education3
EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment3
EDUC 436 Classroom Managment3
EDUC 450Teaching in the Secondary School3
EDUC 485Directed Teaching in Secondary School6
 Sub-Total Credits24


Faculty Profiles

Devon Howard, DMA

Assistant Professor and Department Chair

Jonathan Wall, MMus

Associate Professor

Dan Totan

Adjunct Faculty

Dorla Aparicio, MM

Adjunct Faculty

Marcin Parys, MA

Adjunct Faculty

Rogerio Nunes, MA, ABD

Assistant Professor