MacKenzie Tobar


The SJC Department of Music aims to further the intellectual and aesthetic development of its students through practice and the study of music theory, both secular and religious. Music majors can concentrate in Applied Music, Theory and Composition, Music Education, or Church Music.



BA in Music (4 year)

Concentrations: Applied Music, Theory and Composition, Music Education, and Church Music

Also available as a minor

Secondary education certification is available

Why Music?

  • 1 From performance to business, a degree in Music can land you a job in any field.
  • 2 When studying Music, you can enrich your intellectual and aesthetic development.
  • 3 Many Music students find professions in performance, teaching, business, and church music. 

Careers in Music

  • Audio Engineer
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Music Executive
  • Musician
  • Music Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Orchestra Director
  • Sound Technician
  • Church Musician

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Saint Joseph's College
  • University of Chicago
  • Indiana University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ball State University

Why Study Music at Saint Joseph's College?


SJC’s Department of Music allows students to tailor their studies to their needs and interests. As a Music major at SJC, you can choose to concentrate in one of four areas:

  1. Applied Music
  2. Music Education
  3. Church Music
  4. Theory and Composition


hands-on Experience

Each semester, Music majors and minors are required to participate in at least one of the following: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Choir. The Department of Music also offers Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. All ensembles perform regularly, and many have the opportunity to tour and perform for a variety of audiences. Fortunately, the Department of Music does not limit participation to Music majors and minors. The Departmentof Music welcomes qualified students, regardless of their major. Approximately 6% of the College’s student population is involved with Band, and 6% of the College’s student population is involved with Choir. Performance Scholarships of are available to Band, Choir, Orchestra, Color Guard, or Dance participants.

Dedication to Excellence

At SJC, our motto is Involved For Life.  This means after graduation we are still helping students obtain jobs.  Music Education students are able to receive licensure with degree completion, and all Music majors receive hands-on help finding jobs. Most notable, SJC Music Education students have a high placement rate, which is largely due to the fact that many Music professors are former high school teachers. 


As a Music major or minor, you will be instructed by faculty with professional experience. For example, SJC orchestra conductor, Alfred Abel, is the concertmaster of the Lafayette Symphony and a memeber of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Jay Dennison is the band director at Delphi High School.  Robb Thiel is a decorated member of the Indiana Music Educators Association and frequent ajudicator for Inidiana high school bands.  Dr. Steve Janco is a nationally renowned church composer.  Dr. John Egan is one of Indiana's most celebrted pianists.  Dr. Paul Geraci is a composer of opera, concert, and film music.  Kelly Balmaceda is a world class soprano  with many operatic roles to her credit.  Dr. Harmony Murphy is has toured the world both as a solist and conducting choirs

Shanna Tobar Lank '09

Shanna Tobar Lank '09

Graduate in Music with a minor in Education


Shanna's professors helped her choose a major that she was passionate about. Shanna says, "Without my professors, I would not be spending the rest of my life doing what I have a passion for."

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.