Buena Vista University's music program in Storm Lake, Iowa, provides personalized instruction from a talented faculty and innovative college classes in new music technology. The music major offers a specialization in music education, providing a general background for those wishing to teach music. It also offers specializations in vocal and instrumental performance that provide individualized attention to further develop your musical talent. Students who major in music teach sectionals, accompany, direct ensembles and - unlike many music schools in Iowa that are larger universities - have opportunities to direct major performances. The program welcomes college students from all majors to take part in our choirs, bands and classes. Participation scholarships are available.
The music production and technology major at Buena Vista University provides a technical and musical background that could lead to rapidly expanding career opportunities in the music industry, production houses, radio stations, theme parks, military bands, churches and colleges.
When the major began in 2006, BVU was the first university to offer music production within a radius of 200 miles. Today, through the instruction and courses in the music production major, you will learn how to record your own music with the latest editions of DigiDesign ProTools, Reason, Sonar and Ableton. And you'll be recording in the studio beginning your very first semester.
The Concert Choir performs four major concerts each year and takes an international tour (participation optional) at least every third year. The Choir traveled to Italy in 2009, as well as Germany and Austria in 2007 and France and the United Kingdom in May 2012 . The Choir has played to standing room-only crowds in Munich and London. In 2003, the group played a solo concert in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The Chamber Choir performs sacred music and produces an annual Christmas vespers service. The ensemble offers many opportunities for solos.
The Jazz Choir works with choreographers to produce a jazz show during the fall semester, offering students a chance to combine their singing and dancing skills in a format similar to high school show choir performances.
The Concert Band performs a variety of music literature in two concerts per semester. Guest artists are occasionally invited to perform with the group.
The Jazz Band performs two concerts per year on campus, as well as up to two off-campus concerts in which the band is paired with jazz bands from area high schools. The Jazz Band sometimes travels to Hawaii over spring break. The music program also offers a course in jazz improvisation.
Edson Hall contains the choral and band rehearsal rooms, nine high-tech practice rooms with built in audio recorders and speaker acoustic options that mimic an assortment of venues, a piano/keyboard lab, student work area and the music faculty offices.
If you are looking for music schools in Iowa with a recording studio dedicated to students, look no farther than BVU. Located in Lage Communications Center, the recording studio has a mixing/mastering suite with equipment for live tracking (recording) and remote recording.
Buena Vista University's student newspaper The Tack has placed 2nd in the nation for best Online News Web site in the 2012-13 Society for Collegiate Journalists national media contest. Read more...