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.
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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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.
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!
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!
Piano proficiency and recital must be passed prior to the student teaching experience
Courses taken for credit or no credit will appear on student's permanent record along with an assigned grade. All required course work in the music major and minor must be taken for a letter grade.