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A Music major will prepare you for a variety of careers:
- teacher in the private lesson studio
- music educator
- church worker in music ministry
You'll gain experience in understanding:
- music theory
- music history
- repertoire and technique pertaining to your primary instrument of study
- music technology
- ensemble experience
The Music major also prepares students for graduate-level study.
As a student here, you'll discover:
- Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience.
- Small, conveniently-scheduled classes and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs.
- A friendly community where you can make lifelong connections with classmates from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.
- Nationally-recognized performers and composers who visit our campus to teach and perform with us.
In the Classroom
We strive to find ways to bring relevant applications into our courses.
- We bring guest musicians and composers to lead master classes and workshops.
- We have frequent studio classes and student recitals to provide performing opportunities and helpful feedback.
- Community service is integrated into several of our courses and ensembles.
- Our ensembles provide a wide range of performance opportunities for students:
- choral masterworks with full orchestra and professional soloists, with tours internationally and within the U.S.
- chamber music, accompanying, and other opportunities for talented musicians
- contemporary worship ensembles that play in Chapel, commencement, and local churches
- Opera and Musical Theater Scenes productions in our Black Box Theater
What Our Students Say
Every year, music major seniors evaluate the program and the faculty. They tell us that the faculty in the Music Department from the College of Liberal Arts are:
- exceptional teachers and performers who help their students achieve a high level of musicianship
- willing to help them grow as musicians, performers, composers, and teachers
- genuinely interested in their students' progress
- accessible and responsive outside the classroom
- constantly providing opportunities for students to enhance their performance abilities
- personally attentive and helpful as students prepare for graduate school
Many of our music majors gain applied experience in both on- and off-campus opportunities. Our faculty are connected to the vibrant music scene in Austin, and help students network, learn current best practices, and find internships and employment.
For example, as a Music major with a music ministry specialization, you are required to participate in one semester-long internship at a church as part of your academic experience. Internships in music ministry are led by master musicians in the field leading large church programs, providing a diverse and challenging environment for the student to grow in specific areas.
Click on the link above to learn more about the Music Department's faculty.