Courses for Non-Majors

Music Courses for Everyone

With the exception of Applied Music (instrument or voice lessons), all music courses are open to all St. FX students.  Many courses, especially those at the 300 and 400 levels, require a high level of skill in music reading or music theory.  If you’re not sure if a course is right for you, check with us.

These courses are of more general interest, and are accessible to all skill levels.  All are three credit courses:

MUSI 101 - Structure of Music (Music Theory)

MUSI 103 - Jazz Theory  (Prerequisite required: MUSI 101)

MUSI 112 - The Art of Listening (a Music Appreciation course that covers many styles)

MUSI 117 - History of Popular Music (one of the most popular courses at STFX, covering popular music from Elvis Presley to the near-present)

MUSI 118 - World Music

MUSI 119 - Music in Film, Television, and Video Games

MUSI 165 - Jazz Styles and Literature

MUSI 214 - History and Instrumental Techniques for guitar.  (No experience on the guitar is necessary.  Guitar ownership is required.)

MUSI 217 - The Beatles

MUSI 275 - Songwriters and Their Songs

MUSI 276 - Songwriting Workshop and Production.  (Submission of a portfolio of your songs is required.)

MUSI 298 – Selected Topics – Music and Physics

MUSI 312 - Women and Popular Music (crosslisted with Women’s Studies)

MUSI 319 - Celtic Music

MUSI 385 - Selected Topics – Religion and Music (new for 2020-21) (crosslisted with Religious Studies)

In addition, all Ensemble classes – MUSI courses ending on 06 (Vocal) or 07 (Instrumental) are open to all students.  An audition on your instrument or voice is required.


For detailed descriptions, please see the Academic Calendar.

For answers to questions about these or other courses that may interest you, please email: