Music

The music major is divided into two categories: instrumental and vocal performance and instrumental and vocal education. The performance track is designed to assist students who desire to pursue a career in classical performance or attend graduate school. The education track prepares students to teach K-12.

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To the beat of your heart

Students who major in music can choose to specialize in instrumental and vocal performance or instrumental and vocal education. There is a growing market for young music education teachers as the current music educator workforce is nearing retirement. Job availability at both the elementary and secondary teaching levels are growing. 

Students who pursue the vocal performance track have been accepted to a variety of graduate voice programs with fellowships and assistantships including the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne, Arizona State University, and the University of Delaware.

Besides careers as educators, music majors can prepare for the stage or to extended areas of the profession including directors, composers, conductors, and producers. Students can also pursue graduate studies for a career in business, law or music therapy.

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State-of-the-art facilities

Virtual space practice rooms + more

Edson Hall, BVU’s old gymnasium, was renovated specifically to house the music department. The facility features large state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms for instrumental and vocal ensembles. The program’s computerized virtual reality practice rooms allow students to simulate nine performance spaces from a cathedral to a large recital hall.

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Travel across the world

Take your talent to places you never imagined

Vocal and Instrumental ensembles have taken performance tours to England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, New York City and Hawaii. Our choir was even selected to perform at Carnegie Hall!

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Marching and Pep Band

An incredible athletic band experience

Buena Vista University's marching and pep band program allows you to participate in an intercollegiate athletic band like no other in the American Rivers Conference. Our lakeside football field and jam-packed fieldhouse provide the game day experiences you’re looking for in college!

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Internships

  • The Sonic Factory Recording Studio
  • Sweetwater Music
  • Two Fish Studios
  • Skyline Audio Productions

Careers

  • Alta - Aurelia Community Schools, High School Director of Bands
  • East Sac Community Schools, Elementary Vocal Director
  • Andrea’s Piano Studio, Owner & Instructor
  • Miller Street Studios, Freelance Engineer
  • Southwest Valley schools, Band Teacher

Graduate School

  • University of Illinois
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Northwestern University
  • San Diego State University
  • Arizona State University
Major in Music Education Instrumental With Teaching Licensure K-12 (41 Credit Hours)
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Major in Music Education Vocal with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (43 Credit Hours)
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Major in Music Education Vocal with Teaching Licensure K-8 (43 credit hours)
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Major in Music Performance - Instrumental (40 Credit Hours)
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Major in Music Perfomance - Vocal (42 Credit Hours)
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Minor in Music Performance (20 Credit Hours)
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Music Faculty

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Mr. Jerry Bertrand
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music
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Dr. Merrin Guice
Associate Professor of Vocal Music
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Dr. David Klee
Professor of Music
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